Saturday, January 12, 2013

Indian Navy Warship Entering Shanghai, China [Image Of The Day]

Old, yet so cool - Indian Navy's Shivalik-Class Frigate, INS Shivalik [F47], making a port call to China, as part of the Navy's annual deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.

"Four Indian Navy ships indigenously built Guided Missile Stealth Frigate Shivalik, Guided Missile Destroyer Rana, Guided Missile Corvette Karmuk & versatile Fleet Tanker Shakti under the command of Rear Admiral Ajit Kumar P., Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet visited Shanghai for a port call from June 13-17, 2012. The ships were also made port calls at Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Republic of Korea & Japan to enhance Navy to Navy cooperation and fortify bridges of friendship. The ships were welcomed at Shanghai Cruise International Port Terminal by Commander of Shanghai Naval Garrison Rear Admiral Gu Xiangping & Read Admiral Shen Hao of China’s Eastern Sea Fleet at Ningbo."

- Visit of Indian Naval Ships to Shanghai

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Retired Vice Admiral Arun Kumar Singh, in an article recently, lucidly enunciated the need for India to develop a robust Naval policy, in commensurate with its foreign policy objectives, to effectively complement the country's diplomatic efforts. Worth a read,

"The impressive growth and deployment of the Indian Navy is recognised globally, but organisational issues of higher defence management remain, which need to be resolved so that our national interests may always be fully protected by a Navy on which billions of dollars are spent......

Impressed by the growth of the professional Indian Navy, Vietnam, in 2011, offered India a naval base in the South China Sea. The government is yet to take a decision, despite the fact that such a facility is essential if the Indian Navy is to protect Indian sea-borne trade and ONGC oil exploration in South China Sea.

....the only place where the Chinese military machine and economy are vulnerable is in its extended sea trade routes in the Indian Ocean, which can be interdicted by the Indian Navy. China’s proxy Pakistan too is extremely vulnerable to a naval blockade by India."

- A few nautical necessities


Related: Indian Navy Warship INS Ranvir [D54] In Singapore [Photographs]