Two Indian Navy ships INS Kolkata and INS Shakti carried out a six day long ‘Group Sail’ (starting from 3 May and ending on 9 May) with naval ships of USA, Japan and Philippines in South China Sea (SCS).
About ‘Group Sail’
Objective: It was aimed at deepening existing partnership and fostering mutual understanding among participating country’s navies.
Participants: four countries namely, US, India, Japan and Philippines.
Naval Ships: six combatants from participating countries included India’s INS Kolkata(Guided Missile Destroyer) and INS Shakti (Fleet Support Ship), Japna’s JMSDF Izumo(Helicopter Carrier) and JMSDF Murasame (Guided Missile Destroyer), Philippines’s BRP Andres Bonifacio (Frigate and offshore patrol vessel) and USA’ USS Williams P. Lawrence(Arleigh Burke Class guided Destroyer).
Exercise Included: formation exercises, communication drills, passenger transfers, cross-deck flying, replenishment runs, and exchange of Sea Riders.
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