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Navy's state-of-the-art frigate INS Tarkash reaches port in Senegal


Press Trust of India New Delhi
INS Tarkash, a state-of-the-art stealth frigate of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons, arrived on Wednesday at Dakar, Senegal, for a three-day visit as part of Western Fleet Overseas Deployment, officials said.
The ship is part of the Indian Navy's Western Fleet and is under the operational command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command based in Mumbai.
"The port call is a demonstration of India's warm ties with Senegal. INS Tarkash, commanded by Captain Sathish Vasudev, is one of the most potent frontline frigates of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors," the Navy said in a statement.
During the port call, various dignitaries and government officials of the West African country are scheduled to visit the ship.
"Professional interactions are planned with the Senegalese Navy towards further enhancing co-operation between the two countries. In addition to social engagements and sports event, best practices will also be shared between the two navies," it said.
INS Tarkash will also undertake a Passage Exercise at sea with ships of the Senegalese Navy on Aug 30, which will enhance interoperability between both navies, the Indian Navy said.
Senegal and India have traditionally enjoyed warm and friendly relations, sharing common values of democracy, development and secularism. A number of bilateral arrangements for defence co-operation and cultural exchange exist between the two countries, it said.
The Indian armed forces also conduct various training courses for personnel of the Senegalese Armed Forces at Defence Training Institutions in India.
Indian Navy ships are regularly deployed overseas as part of the Navy's mission of building 'bridges of friendship' and strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries, the statement said.

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First Published: Aug 28 2019 | 8:20 PM IST

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