In what is being seen as a furtherance to India’s ‘Act East’ policy and more specifically, a strategically operational deployment in the crucial South China Sea, Indian Navy warships have reached Malaysia.
- The Navy’s Eastern Fleet includes INS Ranvir, a guided missile destroyer, INS Satpura, the indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate, INS Kamorta, the indigenous anti submarine warfare corvette and INS Shakti, a sophisticated fleet tanker and support ship.
- They will be deployed at Malaysia’s port city Kuantan that faces South China sea, for four days and will will exercise with Royal Malaysian Naval ships for achieving interoperability in communication and search and rescue procedures.
- This visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the two friendly nations.
- India-Malaysia naval cooperation has largely been in the form of training interactions and exchange of goodwill visits by both the navies’ ships. India had signed a memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation with Malaysia in 1993.