High-level participation from India at DIMDEX

 11 Mar 2018 - 9:43

High-level participation from India at DIMDEX

The Peninsula

DOHA: India has deputed a high-level delegation to participate at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2018), which begins tomorrow and ends on March 12.

The visit of the high-level delegation and INS Kolkata for DIMDEX 2018 will further strengthen the historic friendship between India and Qatar, and defence cooperation between the two countries, said a release.

The delegation is led by Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy and includes Additional Director General VSR Murthy PTM, TM, Additional Director General Indian Coast Guard and other senior officials.  The Government of India has also deputed Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kolkata, the lead ship of the three ‘Kolkata Class’ destroyers, one of the largest indigenously built destroyers to be operated by the Indian Navy. 

The Kolkata class ships have been conceived and designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and built by Mazagaon Dockyard Shipyard Limited, Mumbai. The vessel has an overall length of 164 metres, displaces about 7500 tonne and is capable of achieving a speed in excess of 30 knots (approximately 55 kmph). INS Kolkata has a compliment of 30 officers and 330 other personnel under the Command of Captain Susheel Menon. 

The ship is based at Mumbai, as part of the Western Fleet under the administrative and operational control of the Western Naval Command.

The deployment of INS Kolkata is the second time in the last four months that an Indian ship is visiting Qatar. Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Samarth’ had visited Hamad Port in November 2017 and participated in the first ever India-Qatar Joint Passage Exercise with the Qatari Coast Guard.

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