Indian naval ship concludes visit to Namibia

India and Namibia continue to build bridges of friendship through a number of corporations between the two.

One such corporation is the recent second friendly three-day visit by the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tarkash at the Walvis from.

The ship whic arrived in namibia on Sunday, last visited the country in June 2017.

INS Tarkash, which translates to Quiver in English, is a stealth frigate and part of the Western Fleet of Indian Navy, based in Mumbai under the Western Naval Command.

According to the ship's Commanding Officer Captain Sathish Vasudev, the port call by INS Tarkash is a demonstration of India's warm ties with Namibia and its commitment to the maritime security in the region and its solidarity with friendly countries.

India and Namibia have close and cordial political and diplomatic relations and our visits are mainly aimed to strengthen these as well as sharing ideas and experiences, Vasadev told the media during an engagement on Tuesday evening.

During its visit to Walvis Bay, the commanding officer paid courtesy calls on the local leaders and senior defence officers of Namibia to discuss bilateral cooperation.

Officers and sailors of the Indian warship also interacted with the Namibian Navy, including friendly volleyball matches and Yoga onboard the ship, which the captain said would go a long way in enhancing cooperation and understanding between the two navies.

School children will also be visiting the Ship.

Indian naval ships have also been recently deployed to address the main maritime concerns of the continent, including piracy off the coast of Somalia and for disaster relief.

In Mozambique following devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in March, four Indian naval ships were also among the first responders and participated in various relief efforts, including evacuation of people, medical assistance, among others.

The ship, which left India in June 2019 is currently on a long overseas deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and Europe.

It departs Namibia on Wednesday and the crew's next destination is Maputo in Mozambique.

It is expected to travel back to India in October.

Source: Namibia Press Agency