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Indian warships visit Port Victoria, Seychelles

Indian warships visit Port Victoria

Port Victoria, Aug 29 (UITV)- In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Seychelles and maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships – INS Kolkata, INS Trikand and INS Aditya under the command of Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh have arrived at Port Victoria on a two day visit for military exercise with the Seychelles Coast Guard.

The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai under the Western Naval Command and are on a two month long deployment in the Western Indian Ocean.

It was Minister Wallace Cosgrow, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Fisheries and Agriculture who was honored to speak on behalf of Seychelles, retraced the years of friendship between India and Seychelles and spoke about the appreciation by the Seychelles of the support by India for the islands.

The deployment adds another chapter to the strong defense and maritime cooperation between India and Seychelles.

The Indian High Commission in Seychelles, Sanjay Panda said, “The Indian Navy has been undertaking biannual deployments towards surveillance of the Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone in joint operations with Seychelles Coast Guards for the past few years in pursuance of a Defense Cooperation Agreement between the two countries.”

Defense and Maritime security are one of the major fields of corporations between India and Seychelles, which has been ongoing since the Indian Ocean island nation gained independence in 1976. The current visit seeks to strengthen the strong bonds of friendships between India and Seychelles and contribute to security and stability in the Indian Ocean Region.