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Indian Naval Ship to berth in Suva tomorrow

August 11, 2018 7:46 pm

One of India’s biggest naval ships the “Sahyadri” will be visiting our shores this week with more than two hundred officers on board including doctors.

India’s High Commissioner to Fiji Vishwas Sapkal says the ship is on a goodwill visit aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Sapkal says the Indian Naval Ship will berth in Suva tomorrow after taking part in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise in Hawaii.

“On 14th of August it will be open for the public from 10am till 4pm. We request all the people that they should come up with their ID cards. Apart from that the doctors on the ship as well as RFMF doctors they will jointly be conducting screenings at Ratu Sukuna Park.”

Indian Navy Defense Advisor Manish Rai says the ship’s arrival coincides with India’s 72nd Independence Day.

“It’s presently carrying forty officers and two hundred and forty-four sailors on board the ship. After two years an Indian ship is calling on the ports of Suva and it’s coinciding with the India’s international dependence day celebrations. It’s a big ship, first time we’re bought such a big ship here and we’d love to see more and more Fijians.”

The INS Sahyadri is the third and latest ship of the Shivalik class of Indian-built stealth frigates and is part of the Eastern fleet of Indian navy.