- The port of Djibouti has always been open to Indian Naval warships transiting to and from the Mediterranean.
- Now INS Trikand, a front-line warship of the Indian Navy, entered the port of Djibouti on August 10, 2015 and shall stay till August 13, 2015.
- INS Trikand, commanded by Captain Vinay Kalia, is a state-of-the-art warship of the Indian Navy equipped with a wide range of weapons and sensors which are capable of addressing threats in all the three dimensions- air, surface and sub-surface, as it name indicates (TRI-Kand).
Basic facts about the geo strategic importance of the visit are:
- It is Indian Navy’s mission for building ‘Bridges of Friendship’ and strengthening of international cooperation with friendly countries.
- The visit aims at stating of peaceful presence of Indian Navy and unity between the countries.
Both the countries are ready to meet the challenges of the maritime environment. This made ‘Operation Rahat’ in April 2015 a successful mission.
- Since November 2008, the port has also been frequented by warships of the Indian Navy for operational tasking during anti-piracy escort missions being conducted in the Gulf of Aden.
- The port of Adulis was the hub of maritime trade where Indian seafarers traded spices and silk for gold and ivory.