Indian naval ship heading for Walvis Bay
09 September 2019 | Local News
During its visit to Walvis Bay, the Commanding Officer of the INS Tarkash is expected to pay courtesy calls on the local leaders and senior defence officers of Namibia to discuss bilateral cooperation.
Officers and sailors of the Indian warship will also have interaction with the Namibian Navy, including friendly volleyball matches and Yoga onboard the ship, which would go a long way in enhancing cooperation and understanding between the two navies. School children will also be visiting the ship.
Agrawal said that the port call by INS Tarkash at Walvis Bay is a demonstration of India’s warm ties with Namibia and its commitment to the maritime security in the region as well as its solidarity with friendly countries.
“India and Namibia have close and cordial political and diplomatic relations. Indian naval ships have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region, including piracy off the coast of Somalia and for disaster relief.”
INS Tarkash is a stealth frigate and part of the Western Fleet of Indian Navy, based in Mumbai under the Western Naval Command.
It is currently on a long overseas deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and Europe. INS Tarkash visited several other countries and had friendly engagements with the navies concerned. In Africa, the port calls included Djibouti, Alexandria (Egypt), Tangiers (Morocco), Lagos (Nigeria), and Dakar (Senegal).
Following devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique in March 2019, four Indian naval ships were among the first responders, and participated in various relief efforts, including evacuation of people, medical assistance and supply of medicines, provisions and assisting in the aerial survey.
The Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with Hydrographic Survey, Search and Rescue, EEZ Surveillance and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities.