PETALING JAYA: IF you are free this Friday (between 10am to 1pm) head to the Glen Cruise Terminal at Pulau Indah, Port Klang to check out the four Indian Navy warships docked there.
India’s guided missile destroyer INS Rana, stealth frigate INS Shivalik, missile corvette INS Karmukh and fleet tanker INS Shakti will be opening their doors to the public. The ships are on a four-day port of call starting today (June 27, 2012).
The four ships are on their way home after a two month deployment which saw them visiting Japan and China among others.
Shivalik is one of Indian Navy newest surface combatant being commissioned only two years ago. It is a very modern stealth vessel compared to the Rana, a modified Soviet destroyer commissioned in 1982. For more on the Shiavlik, read here
The Shakti built by Fincantieri to Indian Navy specifications was only commissioned last October. Perhaps we will see more of the Indian Navy in the future as they embarked on a modernisation programme and try to be a major player in this part of the world. Further reading.
BTW, I am not writing anything on the Scorpene affair as I do not have anything new to report apart from the denials and counter-claims. Perhaps when I get something more bite I will write about it.
– Malaysian Defence