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‘Act East’ policy: Sahyadri enters Manila

Pro-MASS News Bureau: Nov 2, 2015

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri entered Manila, the capital of the Philippines on Sunday. The Ship is currently on operational deployment to South China Sea and North West Pacific region in pursuance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy. An official release said, ‘INS Sahyadri’ is likely to be in Manila till Wednesday for extensive interactions with the Philippine Navy.

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The visit of ‘INS Sahyadri’ is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the two countries, it said. INS Sahyadri is an indigenously built warship of the Shivalik Class. Inducted into the Indian Navy on 21 July 12, the multi-role stealth frigate, boasts of an impressive array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missiles augmented by powerful guns of different calibres provide a formidable shield against all types of surface and air threats. The capability to carry two integral multi-role helicopters significantly enhances the potency of this ship. INS Sahyadri, is presently being commanded by Captain Kunal Singh Rajkumar.

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During the stay in the harbour, various activities aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two navies are planned including official calls on local naval and civilian dignitaries, reception on board the ship, the release said. Visits to the ship by the local people, guided tours for Indian Naval personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, are among the other activities planned during this period, it said.

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