This post was originally published on 11 March 2018.
India has deputed a high-level delegation to participate at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2018), which begins tomorrow and ends on 14th March 2018.
The visit of the high-level delegation and INS Kolkata for DIMDEX 2018 will further strengthen the historic friendship between India and Qatar, and defence cooperation between the two countries, said a release.
The delegation is led by Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy and includes Additional Director General VSR Murthy PTM, TM, Additional Director General Indian Coast Guard and other senior officials.
The Government of India has also deputed Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kolkata, the lead ship of the three ‘Kolkata Class’ destroyers, one of the largest indigenously built destroyers to be operated by the Indian Navy.
The Kolkata class ships have been conceived and designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and built by Mazagaon Dockyard Shipyard Limited, Mumbai. The vessel has an overall length of 164 metres, displaces about 7500 tonne and is capable of achieving a speed in excess of 30 knots (approximately 55 kmph). INS Kolkata has a compliment of 30 officers and 330 other personnel under the Command of Captain Susheel Menon.
The ship is based at Mumbai, as part of the Western Fleet under the administrative and operational control of the Western Naval Command.
The deployment of INS Kolkata is the second time in the last four months that an Indian ship is visiting Qatar. Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Samarth’ had visited Hamad Port in November 2017 and participated in the first-ever India-Qatar Joint Passage Exercise with the Qatari Coast Guard.
60 countries to participate in DIMDEX
High-level ministerial delegations and senior armed forces officials from several countries are expected to attend the exhibition starting Monday at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
As part of the exhibition, war ships from countries including the US, the UK, Italy, India, Pakistan, Oman and Bangladesh are calling on the Hamad Port.
Admission to DIMDEX is restricted to only professional and industry visitors who have been invited.
Visitors should be engaged in legitimate areas of the defence and maritime industry; the armed forces, the government, equipment procurement organisations, defence and maritime contractors, operators/end-users, educational and research establishments.