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Indian naval ships on friendly visit to Kuwait
September 9, 2013, 1:40 pm
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Two Indian Naval ships INS Mysore and INS Tarkash will be on a goodwill visit to Kuwait from 10 to 13 September, 2013. The visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation between India and Kuwait.

The visiting ships form part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet under the Western Naval Command and are based at Mumbai. This group is headed by Rear Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, NM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who is flying his flag INS Mysore.  The Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, PVSM, AVSM, NM & BAR, ADC will also be in Kuwait from 11 to 13 September.  During the visit, the senior Indian officers will be calling on the senior dignitaries and officials of Kuwait’s Ministry of Defence.   

 Indian Navy has close and friendly ties with all navies in the Gulf and has been regularly exercising with many of them. Indian Navy is also privileged to provide training and hydro-graphic support to several navies in the region. The involvement of Indian Naval ships in combating piracy off the coast of Somalia since October 2008 has further strengthened bilateral ties and interaction with navies in the region.

 India and Kuwait have traditionally enjoyed close and friendly relations. Cooperation between the two countries covers a broad spectrum including trade, investment, human resources, culture and arts, science & technology and defence. Defence cooperation between the two countries covers high level military visits, training and port visits by naval ships. India and Kuwait are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and co-operative initiative between 35 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as an ideal forum for sharing of information and cooperation on maritime issues.

INS MYSORE

INS Mysore is an indigenously designed destroyer class of ship built by the Mazagaon Dock Limited, Mumbai and embodies the very cutting edge of technology. She was commissioned on 01 Jun 1999 and has since been at the forefront of all operations undertaken by the Indian Navy. INS Mysore is capable of operating in a multi-threat environment.

INS Mysore is powered by four gas turbines, providing her with 64,000 HP and a top speed of over 32knots. It has a state-of-the-art sensor package comprising radars, sonar and electronic warfare equipment. The ship carries two versatile Seaking Helicopters on board. The ship is commanded by Captain Sameer Saxena, a Navigation & Direction specialist.

INS TARKASH

INS Tarkash, the second of the Teg class frigates, is among the very latest in the inventory of the Indian Navy. The ship has been built by Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, Russia and was commissioned on 09 Nov 2012. With a judicious mix of state-of-the-art Russian and Indian systems, Tarkash is equipped to dominate all three dimensions of the maritime domain. The ship operates both the Air Early Warning helicopter Kamov 31 and the Anti Submarine Warfare helicopter Kamov 28.

Powered by four gas turbines that produce 56000 HP, the ship is capable of doing speeds in excess of 30 knots. Electric power is supplied by four diesel alternators, which together produce 3.2 MW of power.

The ship is commanded by Captain Antony George NM VSM, an Anti-Submarine Warfare specialist.

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