​Three Indian naval ships begin friendly visit to Da Nang

​Three Indian naval ships begin friendly visit to Da Nang

Anti-submarine stealth corvette Kamorta of the Indian Navy arrives at Tien Sa Port in the central Vietnamese province of Da Nang, May 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Three vessels from the Indian Navy arrived in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang to commence their friendly visit from May 21 to 25.

The three naval ships including frigate Sahyadri, fleet tanker Shakti, and anti-submarine stealth corvette Kamorta, along with their 900 crew members, docked at Tien Sa Port on Monday morning.

Led by Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, flag officer commanding the Eastern Fleet, the Indian naval officers are scheduled to stay in central Vietnam for four days.

According to the Da Nang Department of Foreign Affairs, the visit is aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries’ naval forces, thus contributing to the maintenance of security and stability in Southeast Asia and the world.

Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, flag officer commanding of India’s Eastern Fleet, receives flowers from a Da Nang official. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Rear Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi (L), flag officer commanding India’s Eastern Fleet, receives flowers from a Da Nang official. Photo: Tuoi Tre

During their stay, the Indian officers will meet with leaders of the central hub and visit popular destinations in the city and in Hoi An Ancient Town, located in neighboring Quang Nam Province.

They will have sport exchanges with their counterparts from the 3rd Regional Command of the Vietnam People’s Navy and students of the University of Da Nang.

Bilateral maritime exercises will also be carried out during the visit.

A ceremony is held at Tien Sa Port to welcome the Indian naval officers. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A ceremony is held at Tien Sa Port to welcome the Indian naval officers. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The Sahyadri is a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate, measuring 142.5 meters long, 16.9 meters wide, and weighing over 6,000 metric tons. It can reach a maximum velocity of 32 nautical miles, or 59 kilometers, per hour.

Its previous trip to Da Nang for a friendly visit was in 2014.

Being one of the largest vessels in the Indian Navy, the Shakti is a 175 meter long, 25 meter wide Deepak-class fleet tanker.

Meanwhile, the Kamorta is 109 meters long, 13.7 meters wide, and has a displacement of 3,300 metric tons.

Fleet tanker Shakti docks at Tien Sa Port. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Fleet tanker Shakti docks at Tien Sa Port. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Frigate Sahyadri docks at the port. Photo: Vietnam News Agency
Frigate Sahyadri docks at the port. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

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