Indian naval ships open to public

LOCALS will have the chance to get up close and personal to two Indian navy ships docked in Fremantle this weekend.

INS Satpura and INS Kamorta have been involved in security patrols and training throughout the Indian Ocean.

They docked in Fremantle on Thursday as part of a goodwill visit and will be open to the public on Saturday before setting off again on Monday.

The stopover coincides with a visit from the Indian Navy�s Eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Satish Soni, who is in Perth to prepare for the Australian Navy�s first bilateral maritime exercise with India in September.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said this exercise would be a big step forward in the relationship between the two countries.

�As one of our highly valued security partners we welcome the visit by Vice Admiral Soni, Rear Admiral Singh, and the officers and sailors of Indian Navy Ships Satpura and Kamorta, as we continue to strengthen the close bond between the navies of India and Australia,� he said.

�As the Chairman of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium I cannot emphasise enough the importance of this type of bilateral interaction.

�It is important to regional security that we take every opportunity to engage with our neighbours in training activities and exchanges to further strengthen our cooperation and understanding.�

The ships are open to the public on June 6 from 10am at Victoria Quay.