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Indian Naval Ships Strengthen Bilateral Ties with Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu: Two Indian Naval ships, Delhi and Shakti, under the command of Rear Admiral Rajesh Dhankhar, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, have arrived at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, as part of the Indian Navy’s Operational Deployment. The ships received a warm welcome from the Royal Malaysian Navy and the High Commission of India in Malaysia.

During their port call, personnel from the Indian and Malaysian Navies will engage in various professional interactions, including Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) sessions, yoga, sports fixtures, and cross-deck visits. These activities are aimed at strengthening the existing mutual cooperation and understanding between the two Navies.

Following the harbour visit, the Indian Navy ships will participate in a Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX)/PASSEX at sea with ships of the Royal Malaysian Navy. This exercise aims to enhance interoperability between the two Navies, building on the agreements reaffirmed during the recently concluded MILAN 2024 and Ex Samudra Lakshmana 2024.

The visit underscores the longstanding friendship and cooperation between India and Malaysia. Through a series of engagements and activities, both countries aim to further strengthen their maritime ties. The deployment of Indian Naval ships to the region highlights the Indian Navy’s commitment to the ‘Act East’ and SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region) policies of the Government of India.

INS Delhi, the first indigenously designed and built Project-15 class guided missile destroyer, and INS Shakti, a Fleet Support Ship, are integral parts of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, symbolizing India’s maritime prowess and commitment to regional stability and security.

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