Two Indian Navy ships, INS Kolkata and Shakti, entered Qingdao in China to participate in the International Fleet Review (IFR). INS Shakti has a displacement of 27,000 tonnes and has the capacity to carry 15,000 tonnes of liquid cargo and 500 tonnes of ammunition and INS Kolkata is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and weapons to address threats from all dimensions.
The Indian ships entry into the harbour for the three-day IFR,s part of the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of PLA (Navy) , was marked by firing of 21 gun salute to the People’s Republic of China. This is the third time that the Indian Navy has participated in the IFR organised by the PLA. Indian Navy’s regular presence since 2009, 2014 and 2019, is an affirmation of its commitment to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies and to further deepen bonds with its neighborhood.