INS Kolkata and INS Shakti to arrive in China to participate in IFR

Indian Naval Ships Kolkata and Shakti will arrive at Qingdao in China on Sunday to participate in the International Fleet Review, IFR as part of 70th Anniversary celebrations of People’s Liberation Army (Navy).

International Fleet Review is a parade of naval ships, aircraft and submarines, and is organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities.

IFR also serves as an ideal platform for the world’s navies to showcase their prowess and indigenous ship designing and shipbuilding capabilities in a global and international arena.

The second IFR conducted by India off Visakhapatnam in February 2016 saw an overwhelming participation of 50 navies with nearly 100 warships.

The Indian Navy will be represented in the IFR at Qingdao by indigenously built stealth guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet support ship INS Shakti.

INS Kolkata is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors to address threats in all dimensions of naval warfare. INS Shakti, a replenishment ship, is one of the largest tankers displacing over 27 thousand tonnes and capable of carrying 15 thousand tonnes of liquid cargo and over 500 tonnes of solid cargo including victuals and ammunition.

The visit of Indian Navy’s most potent destroyer and versatile fleet support ship showcases India’s prowess, reach and sustainability in addition to indigenous shipbuilding capability.

The harbour stay of Indian Naval Ships will be marked by the interaction between personnel of participating navies, courtesy calls to various dignitaries of People’s Liberation Army (Navy) and Government officials, professional exchanges and various sporting events.

Ships will be opened for visits by the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) personnel and local populace to showcase Indian Navy’s prowess and India’s shipbuilding capability.

The ships are likely to sail in the evening of Monday to participate in the Naval Parade of ships scheduled to be reviewed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping on 23rd of this month.