Fresh from participating in Exercise Ibsamar in South African waters, the Indian Naval Ship Teg is currently on a goodwill visit to Mozambique.
The stealth frigate made a port call at Nacala on 17 November in an effort to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between the two nations, the Indian government Press Information Bureau said, adding that during INS Teg’s stay, various activities were planned, including official calls and a reception on board the ship.
India and Mozambique have traditionally enjoyed close relations and are members of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary initiative between 35 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as a forum for sharing information and co-operation on maritime issues. This visit seeks to underscore India’s solidarity with countries of the Indian Ocean Region.
The guided missile stealth frigate INS Teg, built at Kaliningrad, Russia, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 27 April 2012. The ship is commanded by Captain Anand Yeshwant Sardesai and is manned by a crew of 25 officers and 220 sailors.
INS Teg sailed from her base port Mumbai on 1 October as part of a four-ship Task Group headed by Rear Admiral R Hari Kumar, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. Thereafter, the ship participated in Ibsamar IV with the South African and Brazilian navies before the port call at Nacala.
Ibsamar started in 2007 during an interaction between the Brazilian, Indian and South African navies which led to a system of regional co-operation in the Indian Ocean region. South Africa hosted the exercise with SA Navy fleet headquarters in Simon’s Town, the base from which all five stages of this year’s exercise were run.
Speaking before the exercise, Sardesai and Brazilian Captain Paul Ferreira both said navies the world over had a common purpose – to ensure security and the freedom of the seas. Among the contingencies navies had to face were piracy and natural disasters and in this regard speedy response is essential, which makes co-operation and inter-operability even more necessary.
If arrangements continue as in the past, Exercise Ibsamar will again take place in 2016 but a venue has not yet been named.