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Indian naval ships INS Delhi and INS Trishul reached Doha in Qatar yesterday on a goodwill visit to further strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation with the Gulf nation.
During the visit, officials will share best practices and experiences with Qatari officials. The visiting ships form part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and are based at Mumbai.
Four ships of the Indian Navy — INS Deepak, INS Delhi, INS Tabar and INS Trishul — are on a month-long deployment to the Gulf to enhance bilateral ties and engage in naval exercises with friendly regional navies. All four ships are from the Indian Navy’s Mumbai-based Western Fleet.
Strengthening India-Qatar bonds
“The visit of INS Delhi and INS Trishul would further strengthen the deep-rooted bonds of friendship between India and Qatar, and defence cooperation between the two countries,” said Sanjiv Arora, Indian Ambassador to Qatar in a press conference yesterday.
The Ambassador added that growing naval cooperation between India and Qatar is further demonstrated by the increased high level visits in addition to training of naval officers and port visits by naval ships.
India and Qatar are also members of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and cooperative initiative among 35 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as a highly useful forum for sharing of information and cooperation on maritime issues, he said.
Senior officials of the Qatari armed forces, Navy and Coastguards will hold deliberations with the officials of the two ships on Tuesday.
Defence attache at the Indian embassy Captain Ravi Kumar Remanan was also present at the media briefing.
INS Delhi, a 6700-ton indigenous destroyer, built in Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock, was commissioned in 1997. The ship, powered by four gas turbines, holds15 surface to surface missiles, surface to air missiles, 100 and 30 mm guns, five torpedoes, anti-submarine rockets, and chaff decoys.
The ship also carries two Sea King Helicopters, capable of both submarines as well as anti-surface operations. The vessel also regularly carries out exercise missions with the navies from the US, Russia, the UK, France, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Singapore and Oman.
INS Trishul, built in Baltic Shipyard, St Petersburg, is a 125m long stealth frigate, displacing 4000 tonnes and with a top speed in excess of 30 knots. The ship is capable of undertaking multiple and varied missions and has a Kamov 31 helicopter onboard which enhances its operational capabilities.
INS Delhi and INS Trishul reached Qatar after spending four days at the Al-Jubail port in Saudi Arabia and will sail off on September 17 from Qatar.