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Royal Navy's HMS Spey Undertakes Goodwill Visit to Kochi, Enhancing Naval Partnerships (PC: PIB)

Royal Navy’s HMS Spey Undertakes Goodwill Visit to Kochi, Enhancing Naval Partnerships

Kochi: The Royal Navy’s offshore patrol vessel, HMS Spey, is currently on a goodwill visit to Kochi from January 17 to 27, 2024. The vessel received a warm reception with fanfare, including a performance by the Indian Naval band upon its arrival. This visit has facilitated professional and social interactions, along with sports fixtures, fostering stronger ties between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy.

As part of the visit, the Royal Navy personnel engaged in onboard interactions with INS Sunayna, sharing best practices aimed at enhancing interoperability between the two naval forces. Commander Paul Caddy, the Commanding Officer of HMS Spey, held discussions with Commodore Sarvpreet Singh, Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at the Southern Naval Command, addressing issues of mutual interest.

A significant aspect of the visit involved a team from Headquarters Sea Training (HQST) conducting training modules on Force Protection Measures, Damage Control, and Firefighting onboard HMS Spey. These exercises allowed both the HQST teams and the ship’s crew to familiarize themselves with the procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) followed by both navies. This professional exchange underscored the commitment of both the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy to nurturing robust naval partnerships.

The visit exemplifies the dedication to mutual cooperation in maritime security and training, emphasizing the strategic importance of collaborative efforts in maintaining stability and security in the maritime domain. The warm reception and engaging interactions during HMS Spey’s visit further strengthen the diplomatic and professional bonds between the two naval forces.

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