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Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Shakti, and Kiltan Completed its visit to Philippines as Part of the Operational Deployment to the South China Sea

Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Shakti, and Kiltan recently completed a port visit to Manila, Philippines, as part of the operational deployment of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea. This visit underscored India’s strong diplomatic and defense ties with the Philippines and its commitment to deepening this partnership.

During the visit, there were numerous activities, including a Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) between the navies, sports fixtures, cross-deck visits, cultural exchanges, and collaborative community outreach programs. Rear Admiral Rajesh Dhankhar, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, and the Commanding Officers of the ships interacted with Rear Admiral Renato David, Commander Philippine Fleet (CPF), and Vice Admiral Rolando Lizor Punzalan Jr, Deputy Commandant for Operations, Philippine Coast Guard. Additionally, wide-ranging discussions were held with Vice Admiral Toribio Dulinayan Adaci JT, Flag Officer in Command, focusing on collaboration, mutual interests, and regional security.

This visit highlights India’s commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the region, in line with its ‘Act East’ and SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) policies, further demonstrating the strong diplomatic and defense ties between India and the Philippines.

The Indian Navy and the Philippines Navy have a longstanding relationship, with increased naval and coastguard interactions, participation in specialized military training, and exchanges at higher defense educational institutions. The two navies engaged in collaborative community outreach programs, working together on projects that benefit local communities. This highlights the growing maritime cooperation between India and the Philippines and underscores the importance of strategic partnerships and collaborative efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability.

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