Surface Forces: The Indian Fleet Shows Up Off The Coast of Japan


April 28, 2007: The Indian navy has arrived in the Sea of Japan, and is taking part in training exercises with Russian warships. The Indian flotilla consists of three destroyers, a corvette and an oiler (tanker). For the training exercises, Russia supplied two destroyers, a diesel-electric submarine, a coastal missile boat, plus aircraft and several support ships.

Since 2003, the Russian and Indian navies have, every two years, sent ships for joint training exercises. India has been a major customer for Russian weapons since the 1960s. This includes warships, as well as aircraft and land systems.

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