Indian Naval Warships visit Durban

Article and photos by Warrant Officer Class 1 Mathebula Moraile

20 September 2016

Three Indian Warships arrived in Durban under the command of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF) Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh.

Acting Officer Commanding Naval Base Durban Lieutenant T. Pitso welcome the Indian Naval members at the RPC held at Dockyard Arms.

The three Indian Naval Ships (INS) were: INS KOLKATA commanded by Captain Rahul Vilas Gokhale, INS TRIKAND commanded by Captain Arjun Dev Nair and INS ADITYA commanded by Captain Vidyanshu Srivastava.

Indian naval ships are open to the publics.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr F. Peer handover a Certificate of Friendship to the Officer Commanding of INS KOLKATA.

The ships arrival demonstrates India’s commitment to its ties with South Africa (SA) and to maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region”, Said FOCWF. They are based in Mumbai and are on two month long deployment to the Western Indian Ocean. During the visit, the Indian Naval Warships had calls to senior Government authorities.

Director Force Preparation Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) S.F. Petersen and Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral R. Singh exchanged gifts.


INS TRIKAND arrive in Durban.

Media Briefing took place onboard the INS KOLKATA.

India and SA have very close and cordial political and diplomatic relations with a sizeable settlement of people of Indian origin in SA. The frequent cross visits by high level delegation including the Head of State have further strengthened the bilateral relations.

Members of the media had time to ask questions from the Indian Task Group.

FOCWF, Rear Admiral R. Singh handover a gift to the Mayor of ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY Cllr Z. Gumede.

The last visit by an Indian Naval Warship to SA was in November 2014, when INS TEG made a port call in Simon’s Town and Cape Town as part of Exercise IBSMAR. SAN also participated in the International Fleet Review hosted by India in February 2016 and was represented by SAN Frigate SAS SPIOENKOP. The current visit by the three Indian Naval Ships, seek to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between the two countries and underscores India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries of the region.