INS Kochi, the Indian Navy’s indigenously designed and built guided missile destroyer, has conducted a joint exercise with ships of the Russian Navy in the Arabian sea. The exercise showcased cohesiveness and interoperability between the two navies and included tactical manoeuvres, cross-deck helicopter operations and seamanship activities.
“Indian Navy’s indigenously designed and built guided missile destroyer, INS Kochi, exercised with Russian Federation Navy’s RFS Admiral Tributs on 14 January 2022 in the Arabian Sea,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
Earlier on Thursday, three ships of the Russian Navy arrived on a goodwill visit to Kochi, the Indian Navy said. “During the visit, various professional interactions are planned between the Russian Navy and Indian Navy,” the statement said.
The three Russian ships are missile cruiser Varyag, destroyer Admiral Tribuz and tanker Boris Butoma, PTI reported.The ships arrived at Kochi at 9 am on Thursday and were received by senior naval authorities in the background of fanfare by the naval band, the Indian Navy statement mentioned.