Covering a distance of almost 3500 nautical miles (6500 Km), Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, an indigenously built guided missile stealth Frigate, arrived today at Darwin, Australia. This is the second visit of the ship to Australia, having participated earlier in the International Fleet Review conducted at Sydney in Oct 13.
During her stay at Darwin, the ship would undertake operational turn around while the ship’s crew would participate in various events like professional interaction, sports events and social fixtures.
INS Sahyadri’s port call at Darwin will serve to reinforce naval ties between the two countries. The overarching aim of this visit is to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two navies and the countries in general.
INS Sahyadri is on passage to participate in the largest multilateral exercises in the world “RIMPAC”. The exercises will be held at Hawaii in Jul – Aug 14. INS Sahyadri departed her home port, Vishakhapatnam on 28 May 14 and will stay at Darwin till 13 Jun 14 and then proceed to Hawaii.
The multi role stealth frigate, boasts of an array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missile augmented by powerful guns of different calibres provide a formidable shield against all types of threats. Two integral multi-role helicopters carried by the ship act as force multipliers in all maritime scenarios due to their versatility and endurance. Commissioned on 21 Jul 12, INS Sahyadri, is presently being commanded by Captain Jyotin Raina, and is manned by 25 officers and 255 sailors of different specialisations/branches.