India, Thailand Joint Naval Exercise At Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam beach view, inset INS Ranvijay  - Sakshi Post

Visakhapatnam: India and Thailand began a five-day joint naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal at the port of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh since Friday.

The joint exercise will involve air exercises with integral helicopters from ships of both nations as per defence officials statement released on Saturday. A variety of drills including anti-air and surface firing exercises, flying exercises using integral helicopters and seamanship evolutions at sea will be conducted.

Two naval ships of Thailand - UMS Sin Phyu Shin (F-14), a frigate and UMS Tabinshweti (773) a corvette - have been deployed for the exercise.

While India has deployed its ships INS Ranvijay, a guided-missile destroyer and INS Kuthar, a missile corvette, for the exercise

The harbour phase of the exercise will continue till 19 October, while the sea phase will be held from October 20 to 22.

The professional interaction will include sharing of expertise on various maritime issues between both the navies. The Thai fleet is led by Fleet Commander Captain Tet Lwin Tun and the Indian side by Eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain. (With Inputs from IANS)

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