01 June 2016

2 Indian Navy ships now in Subic Bay for 4-day goodwill visit

Two Indian Navy ships, the stealth frigate INS Sahyadri (F-49) and Deepak class replenishment vessel INS Shakti (A-57) arrived in Subic Bay Freeport Monday morning for a four-day goodwill visit in the country.

Philippine Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said PN personnel rendered the customary welcome ceremony upon arrival of the two Indian ships.

This was followed by a port briefing on health and security held aboard one of the visiting vessels.

Lincuna said Indian naval personnel are scheduled to undertake various activities with their Filipino counterparts such as courtesy call on the commander of the Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales by the ships’ commanding officers along with their party, shipboard tour, reciprocal receptions and goodwill games of basketball, volleyball and cricket.

The engagement between the Philippine and Indian navies will cap off with a send-off ceremony and a customary passing exercise.

The Indian ships' visit, which will end on June 2, demonstrates the deepening friendship between the PN and Indian Navy. (PNA)

The INS Sahyadri (F-49), a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate built for the Indian Navy, is towed by tug boat before docking at the Subic Bay Freeport Monday (May 30) morning as part of a four-day port visit here starting May 30 up to June 2. The INS Sahyadri is accompanied by INS Shakti (A-57), a Deepak-class fleet tanker in service with the Indian Navy. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)