Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri Visits Pearl Harbour, Hawaii
In pursuance of India’s Act East Policy and demonstration of India’s commitment to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri arrived at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii on 25 June 2018 to participate in the 26th edition of Exercise Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC). RIMPAC is the largest multilateral naval exercise in the world and is held biennially in the Western Pacific Ocean. The 26th edition of the exercise is scheduled off Hawaii from 27 June to 02 August 2018 and is likely to be attended by navies of 26 countries. Indian naval participation in RIMPAC 18 provides a platform for multilateral operational interactions aimed at increased interoperability and development of common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations. The professional exchanges in harbour and diverse range of activities at sea, including complex surface, sub-surface and air operations would enable sharing of best practices and honing of operational skills. Indian Navy’s association with RIMPAC commenced with participation as ‘Observer’ in the 2006, 2010 and 2012 editions. Indian naval involvement was enhanced with deployment of INS Sahyadri in 2014 for the 24th and INS Satpura in 2016 for the 25th edition of the exercise. Participation in RIMPAC 18 is a significant milestone in Indian Navy’s efforts towards strengthening mutual confidence among navies of the region and is expected to further bolster India’s contribution in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.