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SOURCE: PHILPINES MEDIA

Three Indian Navy vessels arrived for a four-day goodwill visit from May 19 to 22. A guided missile destroyer INS Delhi, a fleet tanker INS Shakti, and an ASW corvette INS Kiltan — which are part of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy — pulled into Pier 15 of the Port of Manila at around 9 a.m. to welcome ceremony by the Philippine Navy.

While in the country, the Indian Navy will participate in various professional interactions including subject matter exchange sessions, sports fixtures, cross-deck visits, cultural visits, and collaborative community outreach programs to enhance the current mutual cooperation and understanding between the 2 nations. 

The vessels of the two navies are also expected to participate in a “maritime partnership exercise”.

“The two nations share common interests, particularly in maintaining peace and order in the Indo-Pacific region. The Indian Navy and Philippines Navy share strong bonds of friendship, and both have endeavored to participate in Maritime Partnership Exercises (MPX) at every available opportunity,” Dhankhar said in his address to reporters.