Rajshri Mehta, TNN
MUMBAI: Royal Navy’s HMS Kent (type 23 frigate) is on a goodwill visit to Mumbai from May 13 to 17. The ship is commanded by Cdr Benjamin E Ripley and has a crew of 216 personnel. It is presently deployed for maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Aden.
During the ship’s stay, Cdr Riply called on¬†Rear Admiral¬†A R Karve, AVSM, the flag officer commanding western fleet. In addition, ship’s crew will be engaged in professional, social and recreational interactions with personnel of western naval command.
The Indian Navy¬†has had traditional links with the Royal Navy and has come a long way in institutionalizing the defence relationship between the two countries. Both navies share converging views on maritime issues of anti-piracy, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Both the navies over the years have built up high levels of interoperability through¬†conduct of Konkan¬†series of bi-lateral exercises and the current visit by¬†HMS Kent¬†would further strengthen the existing bond between the two navies.