Indian Naval Ships Complete Successful Visit to Manila, Philippines

Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Shakti, and Kiltan have concluded their visit to Manila, Philippines, as part of the operational deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea. This visit underscores India’s strong ties with the Philippines and its dedication to strengthening this partnership further.


During their stay, the port call facilitated a Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) between the Indian Navy and the personnel of the Philippine Navy. Additionally, various activities such as sports fixtures, cross-deck visits, cultural exchanges, and collaborative community outreach programs were organized, enhancing camaraderie between the two navies.


Rear Admiral Rajesh Dhankhar, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, along with the Commanding Officers of the ships, engaged in discussions with Rear Admiral Renato David, Commander of the Philippine Fleet (CPF), and Vice Admiral Rolando Lizor Punzalan Jr, Deputy Commandant for Operations, Philippine Coast Guard. Wide-ranging discussions were held with Vice Admiral Toribio Dulinayan Adaci JT, Flag Officer in Command (FOIC), focusing on avenues for collaboration, mutual interests, and the prevailing security situation in the region and beyond. The visit provided a platform to explore opportunities for enhancing naval cooperation and interoperability between India and the Philippines.


This port call exemplifies the robust diplomatic and defense ties between India and the Philippines and underscores India’s commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region, aligning with its ‘Act East’ and SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) policies.



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