Indian vessels dock in Durban Harbour

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nd ship2 INLSA The INS Deepak, an Indian naval tanker, docked in Durban as part of a goodwill mission before the India-Brazil-SA Maritime (IBSAMAR 111) exercise later this month. Picture: Puri Devjee

Durban - The Durban Harbour has welcomed two Indian vessels that form part of a goodwill mission before the India-Brazil-SA Maritime (IBSAMAR 111) exercise later this month.

The exercise involves the participation of the naval forces of India, Brazil and SA and is held every two years in SA waters.

Indian Navy Captain Prashant Chowdhary of the Defence Attaché at the Indian High Commissioner’s Office said the Indian Navy combat support ship (tanker) INS Delhi and the Indian Navy missile destroyer INS Deepak would be berthed at the passenger terminal at the harbour.

The INS Deepak has the capacity to carry 15 250 tons of liquid cargo, 510 tons of sold cargo and 16 cargo containers on the upper deck and was equipped with an eight-bed hospital, with laboratory and X-ray facilities.

The INS Delhi, Chowdhary said, was powered by four gas turbines and has a top speed of 30 knots and was furnished with surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles, guns, torpedoes and anti-marine rockets – it also carries two Sea King helicopters.

“The ships will be open to visitors from 2pm to 5pm on Friday and Saturday. They leave on Sunday,” Chowdhary said. - Daily News

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