Indian Navy warships en route to 6 continents to celebrate 75 years of independence

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In a one-of-a-kind effort, Indian Navy ships (NSI) (warships) set sail for 6 continents – North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia – as part of the celebration of 75 years of Indian independence (“Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”).

  • Navy warships are demonstrating the operational potential of sailors and their diplomatic outreach.

Key points:
I.Indian warships have hoisted the tricolor national flag of India in 6 continents, 3 oceans and 6 different time zones and they also performed other ceremonial activities after docking.
ii.The warships, which do exercises and other engagements with different navies on their routes, will hoist the tricolor in 6 different countries.
iii.As part of India’s independence celebration, a coordinated effort of this magnitude is occurring for the first time with friendly nations and maritime allies.

Initiative Details:

Indian warships moored in San Diego in the United States of America (USA)(North America), in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil(South America), Mombasa in Kenya (Africa), Muscat in Oman and Singapore (Asia), London in the United Kingdom (United Kingdom)(Europe) and Perth in Western Australia (Australia).

Australia:

i. Patrol boat INS Sumedha moored in Perth, Australia.

  • INS Sumedha participated in the Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) with the Australian Navy ship HMAS Anzac, a Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate on 17 August 2022
  • INS Sumedha is part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet based in Visakhapatnam and operates under the operational command of the Chief Commanding Officer, Eastern Naval Command.
  • INS Sumedha has been deployed in the Southeast Indian Ocean.

Asia:

I.INS Saryu has entered Changi Naval Base in Singapore as part of the Indian Navy’s initiative to hoist Tiranga across 6 continents.

ii.Stealth-guided missile destroyers INS Chennai and INS Kochi entered Muscat Port in Oman on August 14, 2022 as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

  • INS Chennai and Koci participated in a maritime partnership exercise with European Union Naval Force vessel ESPS Numancia. Cmde Rui Correia, CTF 465, was embarked on board the ESPS Numancia for the exercise.

Africa:

Talwar class frigate INS Tabar (F44) arrived in Mombasa, Kenya on August 14, 2022 and participated in a number of activities including a flag hoisting ceremony.

South America:

INS Tarkash docked at Rio De Janerio in Brazil on August 15, 2022.

  • This is the first deployment of an Indian Navy vessel to South America in over 20 years.
  • INS Tarkash participated in a Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) with the Brazilian Navy – Vessel Uniao, a Niteroi-class frigate.
  • INS Tarkash is currently deployed in the Atlantic.

North America:

INS Satpura docked at the Port of San Diego, USA on August 13, 2022.

  • It is the first time that an Indian warship has reached the west coast of North America.
  • INS Satpura, a locally designed and built 6,000 ton guided missile stealth frigate, participated in the biennial exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 held in Hawaii, USA in June 2022.

Europe:

The Made-in-India naval vessel INS Tarangini, moored at Thames Quay in east London, UK.

  • The name Tarangini is derived from the Hindi word Tarang, which means waves. Tarangini therefore means he who rides the waves
  • INS Tarangini is part of the Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command First Training Team and is based in Kochi, Kerala.

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