Five Indian Navy ships have embarked on a 45-day tour of the South China Sea with the objective of improving cooperation among navies in the region.
The ships — the Kashin-class missile destroyers Ranjit and Ranvijay, missile frigate Godavri, offshore patrol vessel Sukanya and missile corvette Kirch — will visit Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam, said Cmdr. Vinay Garg, a Navy spokesman, on Oct. 14.
The visits will coincide with the planned joint exercises of the Chinese and Australian navies in the South China Sea.
The first of the Indian ships will visit Pusan, South Korea, on Oct. 15, then travel to Tokyo and Manila before arriving at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Nov. 9. Others will visit Jakarta, Manila and Ho Chi Minh City between Oct. 21 and Nov. 9.
Garg told DefenseNews.com that the visits are intended to help build cooperation among the region’s navies.