In the first-ever visit by any Indian warship in four years, INS Satpura arrived in Suva, Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean as part of its operational deployment in the Pacific region.

The visit is aimed at strengthening friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

Notably, the ship will be open for visitors, and the crew would undertake community outreach programmes besides interactions with senior defence leadership.

Earlier, INS Satpura hoisted the National Flag in San Diego on the North American continent, as part of the Indian Navy’s deployment of ships across all six inhabited continents of the world to celebrate 75 years of Independence.

INS Satpura is an indigenously designed and built, 6,000-tonne guided missile stealth frigate equipped to seek and destroy adversaries in air, surface and underwater. The ship is a frontline unit of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam. A frontline unit of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam, INS Satpura was tasked with a long-range operational deployment in the 75th year of India’s Independence.

Earlier, Indian Naval Warship, INS Satpura and P8I LRMRASW aircraft took part in one of the largest multilateral naval exercises, the Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC) at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.

For the multilateral naval exercise, the Indian warship reached Hawaii on June 27, 2022, whereas the P8I aircraft arrived on July 2, 2022. The harbour phase of the exercise saw participation in multiple symposiums exercise planning discussions and sports competitions.

As part of its long-range operational deployment, INS Satpura participated in RIMPAC-22. RIMPAC-22 is one of the largest multilateral Naval Exercises in which the Indian Navy participated with INS Satpura, one P8I maritime patrol aircraft, and a shore contingent.

On June 15, INS Satpura conducted a special Yoga Protocol at Guam Harbour, USA.

Apart from the ship’s crew, personnel from other foreign Naval Warships in harbour and personnel of Indian origin at Guam were also invited. Officers and sailors from the US, Singapore, and Philippines Navy participated in the Yoga protocol.

Source: TREND News Agency