In a demonstration of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and Indian Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, INS Kolkata and INS Shakti on Sunday arrived at Busan in South Korea on a five day visit, as part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea.
The ships will participate in ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (FTX) at Busan.
On arrival, the ships were welcomed by Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy officials.
During the visit, the IN ships will have professional interaction with ADMM-Plus Navies towards further enhancing co-operation between the navies. In addition, calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions are also planned with ROK Navy, an Indian Navy spokesperson said.
A deck reception for the delegates of ADMM-Plus and dignitaries of ROK Navy is also planned onboard INS Kolkata on April 30.
These ships were arrived Busan on successful completion of IFR-19 at Qingdao in China.
On departing Busan on May 1, IN Ships are scheduled to undertake Maritime Security Exercise with participating navies by a Group Sail with ships of Japan, Philippines and US Navies to Singapore, where the closing ceremony of ADMM-Plus will be held, the spokesperson added.
The Group Sail is aimed at enhancing maritime cooperating, synergising maritime engagements, sharing best practices and standardising operating procedures.
At Singapore, IN Ships will also participate in the International Maritime Defence Expo, IMDEX-19 and the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise, SIMBEX-19.
The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN and its eight Dialogue Partners to strengthen security and Defence Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Development in the Region.
The ADMM-Plus countries include ten ASEAN Member States and eight Plus Countries, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States.