During deployment, the ship made 11 port calls in nine countries, traversing nearly 20,000 nautical miles

Indian Navy’s stealth frigate INS Tabar has successfully completed its deployment across international waters in Europe and Africa. Following its operation, it is now deployed for patrol in the Gulf of Aden and the Persian Gulf.

Towards enhancing military cooperation with friendly nations, Indian Naval Ship INS Tabar was mission-deployed in international waters for over three months from June 13.

During the deployment, she made 11 port calls in nine countries of Europe and Africa, traversing nearly 20,000 nautical miles, said a statement of the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday.

In all ports, the ship received a warm reception from local officials and was visited by several local dignitaries, the statement said.

The ship's port visits saw various social and professional interactions conducted with the host countries.

The ship also undertook 12 maritime partnership exercises with foreign navies at sea.

These included prominent bilateral exercises such as Exercise Konkan 21 with the Royal Navy and Exercise Indra-Navy 21 with the Russian Navy.

The defence ministry statement said that these exercises involved wide ranging and multi-dimensional evolutions covering a diverse range of naval operations.

The exercises are deemed to have enhanced interoperability among participating navies and increased the ease with which they can operate together to address shared maritime concerns and threats, if required.

A few of these exercises were maiden engagements, such as that with the Royal Norwegian Navy, the Algerian Navy and the Sudanese Navy, the statement said.

INS Tabar also participated in the 325th anniversary celebrations of the Russian Navy at St. Petersburg in Russia. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh also attended the event.

Commanded by Captain Mahesh Mangipudi, INS Tabar is a stealth frigate and has a crew of 300 personnel.

Belonging to the Western Fleet, she had participated earlier in counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
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