Last week, one of India’s most modern surface combatant ship, the INS Sahyadri visited Philippines for a routine port call and to strengthen naval ties between the two countries.
“This affair aims to enhance and strengthen mutual relationship between the two nations and forces as it offers great liberty and an opportunity for the Indian Navy to show friendly aspect to the Philippines,” said Lieutenant Commander Marineth Domingo, Philippine Navy Public Affairs Office Chief.
According to Domingo, the visit provided “an opportunity for the Indian Navy personnel to unwind and relax, and at the same time, build camaraderie with their Filipino counterparts and the Filipino people.”
Indian Navy also sent a same class warship, INS Shivalik, in Vietnam earlier this month with the same mission to strengthen bilateral ties and enhance military interoperability.
India, just like Philippines and Vietnam, has territorial dispute with China.
Indian Army and the Indian Air Force recently boost military presence in its borders. New air force station, thousands of additional troops and brigade of main battle tanks were positioned and established in Indian borders.