Indian Warship INS Satpura concluded its Fiji voyage on Saturday as part of the most extended deployment by the Indian Navy to mark 75 years of India's independence. INS Satpura on Saturday left for the South Pacific Ocean from the port of Suva in Fiji. The battleship reached Fiji on 1 September. This was the first visit by an Indian warship in four years.
According to the statement issued by the Indian Navy, the purpose of the visit of the warship was to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between India and Fiji. High-level exchanges took place between the crew of the battleship and the Fiji Navy after its arrival at the port of Suva in Fiji. The crew, led by their Commanding Officer, also paid tribute to the martyred soldiers at the National War Memorial in Fiji.
As part of the community outreach program, a thousand mangrove saplings were planted by the crew of the battleship in coordination with the Forestry Department of Fiji. A medical camp was also organized at Albert Stadium by the warship's medical team, the statement said. Which saw a large participation of the local people."
According to the statement, the warship was open for visitors during which several locals visited INS Satpura and furthered the people-to-people ties between the two countries. In addition, a special yoga session was held on the Helo Deck of the ship for personnel and local citizens of the Fiji Navy. Earlier, INS Satpura had unfurled the national flag in San Diego Harbor on the North American continent to celebrate 75 years of independence as part of the deployment of ships by the Indian Navy to all six inhabited continents of the world.
Built at Mazagon Docks Limited, Mumbai, and commissioned into the Indian Navy on 20 August 2011, INS Satpura takes its name from the impressive Satpura mountain range in central India. INS Satpura is an indigenously designed and built, 6,000-ton guided missile stealth frigate equipped to seek and destroy air, surface, and underwater adversaries. A ship is a front-line unit of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam. A frontline unit of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam, INS Satpura was tasked with long-range operational deployment in the 75th year of India's independence.
Earlier, Indian Naval frigate INS Satpura and P8I LRMRASW aircraft participated in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), one of the largest multilateral naval exercises, at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. For the multilateral naval exercise, the Indian warship reached Hawaii on June 27, 2022, while the P8I aircraft arrived on July 2, 2022. The port phase of the exercise saw participation in several seminars, exercise plan discussions, and sports competitions