International Fleet Review: Indian Naval ships head towards China

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Updated: April 19, 2019 5:34:37 PM

Indigenously built stealth guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet support ship INS Shakti are going to participate. INS Kolkata is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors to address threats from all directions in a naval warfare.

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Indian Navy ships are heading to Qingdao, China to participate in the International Fleet Review (IFR) as part of 70th anniversary celebrations of PLA (Navy) and will reach there on April 21.

Indigenously built stealth guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet support ship INS Shakti are going to participate. INS Kolkata is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors to address threats from all directions in a naval warfare.

Besides projecting Indian Navy’s indigenous shipbuilding capability, the participation of the most potent destroyer and versatile fleet support ship will showcase India’s strength in the waters and its reach and sustainability.

INS Shakti, a replenishment ship of the Indian Navy is one of the largest tankers displacing over 27,000 tonnes and capable of carrying 15,000 tonnes of liquid cargo and over 500 tonnes of solid cargo including victuals and ammunition.

According to the official spokesperson of the Indian Navy, the harbour stay of Indian Navy ships will be marked by the interaction between personnel of participating navies, courtesy calls to various dignitaries of PLA (N) and government officials, professional exchanges and various sporting events.

Indian ships will also be opened for visits by PLA (Navy) personnel and local public, after which the ships will sail in the evening on April 22 to participate in the Naval Parade of ships scheduled to be reviewed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping the next day.

India-China Maritime Security Co-operation

In 2018, the two countries had the second round of talks relating to Maritime Security, where New Delhi had elaborated its vision for the Indo-Pacific, amidst Beijing, flexing muscles in the South and East China seas.

The two sides had their first maritime security dialogue in 2016 in New Delhi amid tensions over the South China Sea, in 2017 the dialogue could not take place due to heightened tensions between the two countries.

According to the Ministry of External affairs, both countries in 2018 had discussed the major developments taking place in international bodies such as UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) and the IMO (International Maritime Organisation). Blue economy, and deeper cooperation in maritime security too featured in talks.

India has been concerned with the growing presence of the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean where it has acquired a logistics base at Djibouti and Hambantota port in Sri Lanka on a 99-year lease. China has also been expanding its presence in the Maldives, besides its 21st century Maritime Silk Road which is part of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

What is IFR?

International Fleet Review (IFR) is a parade of naval ships, aircraft and submarines.

It is organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities.

Also serves as an ideal platform for world’s navies to showcase their prowess and indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities in the global arena.

India had conducted the second IFR off Visakhapatnam in 2016, which witnessed an overwhelming participation of 50 navies with nearly 100 warships.

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