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Indian warships INS Kolkata and INS Aditya visit Port Louis, Mauritius

Indian warships INS Kolkata and INS Aditya visit Port Louis, Mauritius

New Delhi, Sep 3 (UITV)- In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Mauritius and to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kolkata and Aditya under the command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh, reached Port Louis today on a three-day visit to Mauritius.

An official press release said the visit would contribute to further strengthening of maritime security cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Mauritius National Coast Guard towards ensuring a secure and stable regional maritime environment for unhindered economic development in the region.

India and Mauritius have very close and cordial political and diplomatic relations with a sizeable settlement of people of Indian origin settled in Mauritius. The frequent visit by the high level delegations including the Heads of the State have further strengthened the bilateral relations.

During the visit, professional interactions for enhancing co-operation and sharing the nuances of naval operations, including disaster management and combating maritime threats of terrorism and piracy, would be undertaken by the two forces.

Since 2009, the Indian Navy has been deploying ships to Mauritius bi-annually to assist in patrolling the vast exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the country based on request by its government.

India and Mauritius have accorded centrality to each other in their respective foreign policies. Such visits also reinforce the cultural and ethnic ties between the two countries and are a testimony to the joint commitment towards maritime security in the region.