Indian Naval Warships visit Durban
Article and photos by Warrant Officer Class 1
20 September 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.