4 Indian Navy ships on goodwill visit in PH


One of the four Indian Navy ships on a five-day goodwill visit in the country. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Philippine Navy

MANILA, Philippines—Four ships from the Indian Navy are in Manila for a five-day goodwill visit, the Philippine Navy said Wednesday.

The ships, which are under the Command of Rear Admiral P Ajit Kumar, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (Focep), were: INS Saptura, a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate, INS Shakti (A57), a Deepak-class fleet tanker, INS Ranvijay (D55), a Rajput class destroyer, and INS Kirch (P62), a Kora class corvette. Each ship is commanded by a Commanding Officer (CO).

Before the welcome ceremony, a briefing for the Indian ships was conducted by Navy ship BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS 35) as they reached the vicinity of Corregidor Island, the Navy said.

The visit will involve port briefings, courtesy calls, receptions, shipboard tours, passage exercise and goodwill games involving Philippine and Indian Navy counterparts. The said activities will help enhance the skills and expertise and foster a bond of friendship between the two navies.

The ships arrived Wednesday and will stay in the country until June 16, Saturday.

Indian Navy Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chopra, the Flag Officer Commanding-In-Chief of Eastern Naval Command will be in the country for an official visit to the Philippines on June 15 to June 18. His stay will involve courtesy calls, visits to Corregidor and Intramuros, as well as the Philippine military’s Central Command and Naval Forces Central in Cebu.

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  • 我恨中国人

    Welcome our Indian friends. India and the Philippines are close friends, because we have a common enemy – China

  • Phoinex

    Whoever is against China is always welcome in our Country.

  • opinyonlangpo

    The Indians have something to settle with the Chinese and they are itching so much to even the score. No surviving Indian will ever forget how China simultaneously overrun the Indian defensive positions into the very heart of some of its populated areas, a very embarassing and humiliating defeat with civilians waking up to see the Chinese troops marching in the streets. A blitzkrieg. This is how China do its war, overwhelming troops and machinery. The South China Sea conflict gives India a chance to project its force from another angle, the modern Indian Navy. Both India and the Philippines are fortunate enough to augment their forces to contain the ever expanding China.

    • sangos

      Right India always looked for a fight later to maul the Chinese and the later minor border skirmishes read like war movies script. Especially in Sikkim the fabled Gurkhas in the Indian Army.
      In 1962 the Chinese took the Indian border guards armed with rifles by surprise, breached the Himalayas, declared ceasefire and then retreated to the same old positions. The Chinese way of making a point sure rubbed India the wrong way. Bad mistake which they are repeating with the Philippines and again India.

  • boybakal

    Only India can match China.
    Military vs Military, Billion Indian vs Billion Chinese, Technology vs Technology.
    5-6 vs low quality goods.

  • oh_noh

    tik-tak ti-ke!!! :)

  • Cano Manuel

    The Philippines is toast if war erupts.

  • joboni96

    the kora class corvette INS Kirch (P62)
    is appropriate for the navy

    let’s build 30 of this in 10 years
    locally with indian assistance

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