Indian Navy warships visits Dubai

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Indian Navy warships have arrived in Dubai for a four-day visit to boost maritime cooperation between the south Asian country and the UAE.

The guided-missile destroyer INS Delhi, Talwar-class frigate INS Tarkash and fleet tanker Deepak arrived at Rashid Port on Saturday and will be berthed until May 10.

“The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command based at Mumbai and are on a month-long deployment to the Gulf to enhance bilateral ties with friendly regional navies,” a navy statement read.

“During the visit, the naval ships will have professional interactions with the defence forces aimed at enhancing co-operation and sharing the nuances of naval operations including disaster management and combating maritime threats of terrorism and piracy.”

The largest navy in the Indian Ocean holds regular naval exercises with Gulf states, providing them with training and support, the statement added.

Since 2008, the role of Indian naval forces in combating piracy off the coast of Somalia has further strengthened bilateral ties with navies in the region, it said.

The port call comes ahead of a visit by India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, to the UAE from May 18-19.

Maritime cooperation between the two countries has grown steadily in recent years with the last visit by Indian Navy ships to the UAE in September 2015.

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