Indian naval ship, high-level delegation to take part in Doha Maritime Defence Exhibition

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India has deputed a high-level delegation to Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2016) to be held this week, the Indian embassy said in a statement yesterday.

The delegation is led by Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy and includes Inspector General S K Goyal, Deputy Director General (Materiel and Maintenance), Indian Coast Guard and other senior officials.

The ship, built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata, is 126m in length, has a maximum width of 14.5m and displaces over 3,600 tonnes.

The ship is capable of doing speeds in excess of 30knots (about 55kmph) and is designed for extended “Blue Water” naval operations, according to the statement.

  • INS Beas has a compliment of 30 officers and 312 other personnel under the command of Captain Deepak Bhatia.
  • The ship is based in Mumbai under the administrative and operational control of the Western Naval Command.

The visit of INS Beas will be the third visit by Indian naval ships to Qatar in the last three years. INS Aditya and INS Tabar, as well as INS Delhi and INS Trishul, had sailed on friendly voyages to Doha Port in September 2013 and September 2015, respectively.

Three ships of the Indian Coast Guard have also visited Doha in the last three years – ICGS Samudra Prahari in February 2013, ICGS Vijit in December 2014 and ICGS Sankalp in January 2016.

The visit of the high-level delegation and INS Beas for Dimdex 2016 will further strengthen the historic friendship between India and Qatar, and defence co-operation between the two countries, the statement adds.

– NRICafe.com

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