This is the first visit of an Indian Navy Ship to Stockholm in nearly two decades

Indian Navy's INS Tabar, which arrived in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday on a three-day goodwill, will be conducting a partnership exercise with the Swedish Navy.

The Indian Ship will be conducting a Partnership Exercise at sea with the Swedish Navy on departure from Stockholm, India's Ministry of Defence said.

This is the first visit of an Indian Navy Ship to Stockholm in nearly two decades.

The ship was received by Brig Gen Peder Ohlsson, Deputy Chief of Royal Swedish Navy and Group Captain Pankaj Mittal, Indian Defence Attache (DA) at Sweden.

While extending a warm welcome, Deputy Chief of Royal Swedish Navy conveyed that INS Tabar's visit to Stockholm would only consolidate the long standing ties between the Indian Navy and the Royal Swedish Navy

INS Tabar arrived at Stockholm after participating in the 325th Russian Navy Day at St Petersburg.

During the stay in Stockholm, the ship’s crew participated in various bilateral professional interactions with the Swedish Navy.

INS Tabar is on a four-month deployment across Africa and Europe to participate in joint exercises with friendly navies and enhance military cooperation through naval engagements.

During its deployment, that begun last month, the Indian Naval Ship has already called on ports in Egypt, Italy, Spain and France and has conducted naval exercises with the navies of these countries.

Last week, as part of its deployment, INS Tabar represented India Navy at ‘Indra Navy-21’, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between India and Russia held in the Baltic Sea on 28-29 July. The Russian Navy was represented by Corvettes RFS Zelyony Dol and RFS Odintsovo of the Baltic Fleet.

INS Tabar is a Talwar-class stealth frigate and forms part of the Indian Navy's Western Fleet which is based at Mumbai under the Western Naval Command. Incidentally, the ship was built for the Indian Navy in Russia and was commissioned at St Petersburg in April 2004.

The ship is currently commanded by Captain Mahesh Mangipudi and has a complement of over 300 personnel. It is equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors and is among the earliest stealth frigates of the Indian Navy.