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Indian Navy ship arrives for 4-day visit

Alexis Romero - Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines — An Indian Navy ship on Sunday arrived in Manila for a four-day goodwill visit that aims to strengthen the defense ties between India and the Philippines.

Sahyadri, a Shivalik-class stealth, multi-role frigate, arrived at Pier 15 in South Harbor at around 9 a.m. and was welcomed by sailors from the Philippine Navy.

Before docking in South Harbor, the Indian frigate was met by a Philippine Navy vessel at the vicinity of Corregidor Island. The ship was then escorted to its designated berthing area at Pier 15 in Manila.

Philippine Navy public affairs chief Commander Lued Lincuna said the visit seeks to contribute to the “deepening friendship” between the two naval forces.

Crew members of the Indian vessel led by Capt. Kunal Singh Rajkumar will join activities that will allow them to interact with their Philippine counterparts.

Kunal and other key officers of the ship are scheduled to render a courtesy call on Philippine Navy chief Vice Adm. Caesar Taccad on Tuesday. Other activities to be conducted include basketball games and receptions that will allow members of the two Navies to build camaraderie and exchange knowledge.

“Philippine Navy personnel will also be given a chance to tour and familiarize (themselves) with the Indian Navy ship to enhance their knowledge especially in concept of Indian naval operations and equipment,” Lincuna said.

Sahyadri has an array of weaponry in its arsenal. The vessel has long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface-to-air missiles and powerful guns of different calibers. It also carries two integral multi-role helicopters to enable it to respond to any kind of maritime scenario.

The Indian ship last visited Manila on Aug. 21, 2014.

AN INDIAN NAVY CAESAR TACCAD COMMANDER LUED LINCUNA CORREGIDOR ISLAND INDIA AND THE PHILIPPINES INDIAN NAVY KUNAL SINGH RAJKUMAR NAVY PHILIPPINE NAVY SAHYADRI SOUTH HARBOR
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