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Indian navy a force for peace and good
September 11, 2013, 5:36 pm

“The Indian navy sees itself as a force for peace and good in the entire region,” disclosed Rear Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, the Flag-Officer-Commanding Western Fleet, during the four-day goodwill visit to Kuwait by ships of the Indian navy.

The two Indian naval ships arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday for a good-will visit designed to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation with Kuwait. The visiting ships — INS Mysore and INS Tarkash —form part of the Indian Navy's Western Fleet under the Western Naval Command in Mumbai.  The group is headed by Rear Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla.

Addressing the press onboard INS Mysore, which is docked at Shuwaikh port, Rear Admiral Chawla noted the warm relations between India and Kuwait for many decades. He pointed out that such a goodwill visit was taking place after a gap of almost six years.

“India’s navy is the largest resident navy in the region and is six-dimensional in nature,” he added, pointing out that the navy had ships, aircrafts, aircraft carriers, under-sea capability and marine commandos. INS Tarkash, which accompanied INS Mysore on this visit, is the second of the Teg class frigates, and is among the very latest in the inventory of the Indian Navy.

Elaborating on India’s naval capabilities, Rear Admiral Chawla disclosed that the Indian navy was designing and building its own ships and submarines. The INS Mysore, an indigenously designed destroyer was built by the Mazagaon Dock Limited, Mumbai and embodies the very cutting edge of technology.

There were about 46 ships under construction in government and private ship yards all over India, the Rear Admiral revealed and said India was among the leaders in indigenization. He said if requested India would be ready and willing to build ships for Kuwait.

Commenting on Indian navy’s role in containing piracy Rear Admiral Chawla said it has largely been contained and there has been a drastic reduction due to the patrolling by navies on the high seas. Indian navy was also regularly patrolling passageways to protect vessels, he added.

During the visit, which is scheduled to end on September 13, officers from the navy will be calling on the senior dignitaries and officials of Kuwait's Ministry of Defense.  The Indian Navy shares close and friendly ties with all navies in the Gulf and has indulged in exercises with many of them. It has been providing training and hydro-graphic support to several navies in the region.

India and Kuwait are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, a voluntary and cooperative 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.

Times Kuwait Report

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