Indian stealth frigate arrives for PHL visit

MANILA — In line with its efforts to foster stronger ties with other naval forces, the Indian Navy Shivalik-class stealth frigate Sahyadri arrived at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila Sunday for a four-day goodwill visit.

The Indian vessel arrived 9 a.m. The visit started Nov. 1 and will end on the 4th.

The INS Sahyadri is commanded by Capt. Kunal Singh Rajkumar.

She is scheduled to undertake various activities with the Philippine Navy (PN) as a part of the customary naval procedures.

A PN vessel rendered customary meeting procedures with INS Sahyadri at vicinity of Corregidor Island and escorted the Indian vessel to her designated berthing area at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila.

As part of their visit, Rajkumar together with leading officers of the ship will render a courtesy call to PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Caesar Taccad this coming Nov. 3.

This goodwill visit will also involve series of confidence building engagements between PN and Indian Navy personnel such as basketball games and receptions that would create an avenue for cultural exchanges.

Moreover, PN personnel will also be given a chance to tour and familiarize with the Indian Navy ship to enhance their knowledge especially in concept of Indian naval operations and equipment. Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA