In keeping with its steadily growing blue-water capabilities, the Indian Navy dispatched four warships on an overseas deployment to the Horn of Africa, Red Sea and the western Mediterranean, as four of its other warships entered the Shanghai port in China on Wednesday 13JUN12.
The long deployments towards the east and west come at a time when Indian warships are also headed towards Seychelles, Mauritius and Maldives to help them in surveillance of their Exclusive Economic Zones as well as conduct anti-piracy patrols. Simultaneously, stealth frigate INS Tabar is conducting anti-piracy patrols and escort duties in the Gulf of Aden, while the spanking new INS Teg is currently in the Red Sea on way to India from Russia.
The four warships headed for the Horn of Africa, INS Mumbai, INS Trishul, INS Aditya and INS Gomti, are under the command of Western Fleet commander Rear Admiral A R Karve. The four Eastern Fleet warships on the ongoing deployment to South China Sea and North-West Pacific, INS Rana, INS Shivalik, INS Karmukh and INS Shakti, in turn, are led by Rear Admiral P Ajit Kumar.