Indian Naval Ships Mumbai, Talwar, Teg and Deepak under the Command of Rear Admiral R Hari Kumar, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, are on a two-month long Overseas Deployment to East Africa and the South Indian Ocean region. Three of the four ships, INS Mumbai, INS Talwar and INS Deepak arrived Dar Es Salaam on 19 Oct 14 towards bolstering bilateral ties and reinforcing cooperation in maritime security between India and Tanzania.
The Indian Navy has close and friendly ties with all the navies of the region. India and Tanzania have a historic maritime links through maritime trade. Frequent visits by high level delegations including Heads of State and government have added much depth to bilateral relations. This has resulted in progressively increasing trade relations in various sectors like mineral fuels, oils, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, electrical machinery and agro chemicals to name a few. The growing defence cooperation between the two countries is evident by the increasing frequency of port visits by naval ships. India and Tanzania are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and co-operative initiative between 35 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as an ideal forum for sharing of information and cooperation on maritime issues. The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries of the region and strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and Tanzania.
During the stay the ships would be kept open to public. In addition, various cultural events and games between the two navies are also scheduled to strengthen bonds of friendship between the two nations.