India is keen to establish itself as maritime power all across the Indian Ocean region.
It is in this context that the visit of Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships INS Shakti and INS Kamorta to Port of Makassar, Indonesia is being seen.
The ships are here on a three-day visit mostly aimed at enhancing maritime cooperation between the two navies for security and stability in the region.
It was informed that the Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, is heading the fleet ships.
This is part of the operational reach and pursuit of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.
Only recently, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the country to elevate bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
INS Shakti and INS Kamorta are on the last leg of their two-month operational deployment to South East Asia and Western Pacific Ocean.
It is only recently that the India joined in the US and Japan in the MALABAR-2018 naval exercises.
INS Sahyadri along with two Eastern Fleet ships left Visakhapatnam port on April 30 visited Singapore, Sattahip (Thailand), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), DA Nang (Vietnam), and Guam (U.S.A) over the last two months.>