New Delhi, 26 June: The Indian Navy ship INS Tabar will visit several ports in Africa and Europe by the end of September. This ship has started its long journey from June 13. During this time the ship Tabar will conduct commercial, social and other activities.
During this, it will also participate in joint exercises with the navies of many friendly countries. During the voyage, INS Tabar will pass through the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and the Baltic Sea.
According to the Navy Spokesperson, INS Tabar has started its long voyage on June 13 to enhance military cooperation with the Allies. The ship is on its way to several ports in Africa and Europe and will participate in a number of joint exercises with friendly navies.
During the voyage till the end of September, the Commanding Officer of the ship Tabar will hold professional, social and sports interactions with friendly countries.
The ship will also see participation in the Russian Navy Day celebrations from July 22 to 27. The Indian Navy regularly undertakes overseas deployment of its ships especially in maritime areas of primary interest.
During the voyage, INS Tabar sailed across the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to Djibouti, Egypt, Italy, France, the UK, Russia, the Netherlands, Morocco, and the Arctic Council such as Sweden and Norway.
Apart from Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the host navies of these countries, the Indian ship will also participate in bilateral exercises like East Konkan with Royal Navy, Ex Varuna with French Navy and Ex Indra with Russian Federation Navy.
The purpose of the visit is to work closely with friendly navies to build military ties, develop interoperability and build long-range subsistence projects.
These engagements with friendly countries are aimed at strengthening maritime security in the region and strengthening joint operations against maritime threats. The interaction will also provide an opportunity for the navies to follow and assimilate the ‘best practices’ followed in each other’s navies.
INS Tabar is a Talwar-class stealth frigate built in Russia for the Indian Navy. The ship is commanded by Captain M Mahesh and has 300 personnel. The ship is equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors. The ship is part of the Western Fleet of the Indian Navy based in Mumbai under the Western Naval Command.