HMS Spey, an offshore patrol vessel of the Royal Navy, is on a goodwill visit to Kochi from January 17 to January 27, 2024. The ship received a warm reception, including fanfare by the Indian Naval band, upon arrival. During the port call at Kochi, there were professional and social interactions, as well as sports fixtures, between the Indian Navy and Royal Navy. Royal Navy personnel visited onboard INS Sunayna, sharing best practices to enhance interoperability between the two navies. Commander Paul Caddy, Commanding Officer of HMS Spey, called on Commodore Sarvpreet Singh, Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Southern Naval Command, to discuss mutual interests.
As part of the visit, a team from Headquarters Sea Training (HQST) conducted training modules on Force Protection Measures, Damage Control, and Firefighting onboard HMS Spey. These exercises allowed teams from HQST and the ship to understand the procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) followed by both navies. The professional exchange showcased the commitment of both navies to fostering strong naval partnerships, emphasizing the significance of mutual cooperation in maritime security and training.