Indian naval tanker and frigate conclude Kuwait visit
Two Indian naval vessels have concluded a goodwill visit to Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait as part of an effort to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
INS Deepak, a modern fleet tanker designed to be utilized as a fleet support ship, and INS Tabar, a frontline frigate in the Western Fleet of the Indian Navy, were in port in Kuwait from September 13-15.
INS Deepak’s commanding officer, Captain Sujith Kumar Chettri said at a press conference that the visit was intended to be a new chapter in the cordial relations between Kuwait and India aimed at enhancing defense cooperation.
In this regard, the vessels engaged in fleet exercises with the Kuwaiti navy during their stay, while a number of social and sports events were held between the crews of the two countries navies.
The last Goodwill call by the Indian Navy was made in 2013, when INS Mysore and INS Tarkash called at Shuwaikh Port.
INS Deepak is designed to provide frontline support to fleet ships and has an advanced integrated Platform Management System with seamlessly integrated auxiliaries and battle damage management systems, according to a press release.
INS Tabar, meanwhile, contains stealth and enhanced sensors/weapons capabilities designed to protect the maritime assets and sovereignty of India.
INS Tabar is one of 15 frigates in the Indian Navy, while INS Deepak is one of four fleet tankers. In total, the Indian Navy operates 181 ships, including two aircraft carriers.