India-Thailand Defence Cooperation: Indian Navy ships visit Laem Chabang port in Thailand


Building bridges of friendship: As part of Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to South East Asia and Western Pacific countries, two naval ships – INS Sahyadri and INS Kiltan are making a port call at Laem Chabang, Bangkok. Indian navy ships will be there for four days, from August 31 to September 3.

These ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet under the Operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, based at Visakhapatnam.

“The port call is a demonstration of India’s warm ties with Thailand,” ministry of defence said in a statement.

Indian Navy ships INS Sahyadri and INS Kiltan are the latest, indigenously designed and built multi-role Guided Missile Stealth Frigate and Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette respectively.

The two ships are equipped with a versatile array of weapons and sensors, can carry multi-role helicopters and represent the ‘coming of age’ of India’s warship building capabilities.

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During the port call, there would be professional interactions between personnel of both the navies, official calls and interaction with dignitaries of the Royal Thai Navy.

In addition, social engagements, visits by the local populace and various sports events are also planned during the visit.

“On completion of the visit, Indian Navy and Royal Thai Navy ships would be undertaking a Passage Exercise at sea, to further build on the levels of interoperability between the navies to ensure peaceful and secure seas for all,” said Indian Navy.

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