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Indian Naval Ships' Goodwill Visit to Busan
INS Rana (Destroyer)

A fleet of four Indian naval vessels are currently on a goodwill visit to the port of Busan. The fleet is commanded by Rear Admiral Ajith Kumar. The vessels sailed-in on 29 May 2012 to an exceptionally warm welcome by the South Korean Navy. Two Korean kids dressed in traditional Hanboks also offered flowers to the Indian visitors. The Indian fleet comprises of:

INS Shivalik, which is the latest Guided Missile Stealth Frigate, designed and built in India by Mazagon Dock Ltd.

INS Shakti (Tanker and Replenishment Ship)

INS Rana (Destroyer)

INS Karmuk (Guided Missile Corvette)

Admiral Kumar paid a courtesy call on H.E. Hur Nam-sik, Mayor of Busan today, as well as, senior officials and dignitaries in the Korean Navy and Busan city administration. Sailors of both countries played a friendly soccer match. Members of the public and school children were invited to visit the Ships and witness a joint concert by the bands of Indian and Korean Navies.

A Reception on board INS Shivalik was held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, which was attended by Read Admiral Kim, Dong-sik, Deputy Commander of the Korean Fleet, senior officers of the Korean Navy, as well as prominent Korean and Indian citizens. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Vishnu Prakash hailed the growing security and defence cooperation between South Korea and India, reflective of a convergence of interests and challenges. Elevation of bilateral relationship to Strategic Partnership in January 2010 has given a strong impetus to defence cooperation including, exchange of high level visits, port calls, information sharing, training, joint exercises and procurement of defence equipment.

On June 2, 2012, a joint exercise would be held between the Indian and South Korean Navies, whereafter the Indian vessels will sail for Tokyo. The ships have already paid port calls at Singapore and Vietnam. On their return journey from Japan, they would also be visiting Shanghai and Malaysia.

Embassy of India, Seoul
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