Indian Naval Ship Sumedha commenced its maiden port call at Port Lamu, Kenya, on December 9th, 2023, as part of an extensive long-range deployment to Africa. This visit stands as the inaugural port entry by an Indian Naval Ship to the recently developed Port in Kenya.


During this port call, personnel from both the Indian and Kenyan navies will engage in a diverse range of professional interactions, including deck visits and sporting exchanges, aimed at fostering cooperation and sharing best practices. An itinerary of collaborative activities, including a joint Yoga session, deck reception, medical camp, and a Maritime Partnership Exercise, has been outlined as part of this significant visit.


Commissioned on March 7th, 2014, INS Sumedha represents the third vessel of the indigenously developed Saryu-class within the Indian Navy. The ship serves diverse roles both independently and in support of fleet operations. Boasting an array of advanced weapons and sensors, the vessel has the capability to accommodate multi-role helicopters. It operates under the Eastern Fleet, headquartered at Visakhapatnam, functioning under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.


The Indian Navy routinely deploys its vessels overseas, aligning with its mission to build enduring friendships and strengthen international collaboration with nations of amicable ties. This visit epitomizes the Prime Minister’s vision of Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR), aiming to fortify Indo-African relations while contributing to the overarching objectives of international security and mutual growth.



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