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Indian Navy Ships dock in Haifa Port ahead of Historical Visit by PM

New Delhi, May 11, 2017: Three Indian Navy warships arrived at Haifa Port on Monday for a three-day visit as part of that nation’s overseas deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and West Coast of Africa.

Updated:Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 21:55

Indian Navy Ships dock in Haifa Port ahead of Historical Visit by PM New Delhi, May 11, 2017: Three Indian Navy warships arrived at Haifa Port on Monday for a three-day visit as part of that nation’s overseas deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and West Coast of Africa.

The ships, from the Mumbai- based Indian Navy Western Naval Command, are: the INS Mumbai, a guided-missile destroyer; INS Trishul, a stealth-missile frigate; and INS Aditya, a tanker.

The task group is headed by R.-Adm. R.B. Pandit, the flag officer commanding the Western Fleet, who is flying his flag on the Mumbai.

The ships arrived on Tuesday and during their stay will engage extensively with the Israel Navy, including both professional and social engagements.

Naval vessels from both countries participated in a joint drill when the Indian ships entered into Israeli waters.

This is the eighth time Indian ships have docked at an Israeli port, with the first in 2000. “The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries and, in particular, to strengthen the existing friendship between India and Israel,” read a statement by the Indian Embassy in Israel.

Israel and India are celebrating 25 years of bilateral diplomatic ties this year, with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi scheduled for the first visit by an Indian PM to Jerusalem this summer to highlight that growing relationship.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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