India and Malaysia are conducting a joint naval military exercise in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific to test their naval interoperability capability.
Two warships, INS Sahyadri and INS Kiltan, for bilateral maneuvers, have been sent to Malaysia by the Indian Navy. A defense official said on Saturday that the sea phase of the exercise, named ‘Samudra Laxman’, is currently passing through the Malaysian port of Kota Kinabalu.
The exercise started on 12 September. There was a professional dialogue between the naval contingents of the two countries in the port phase of the exercise. Official calls, social engagements, local population visits, and various sporting events were also part of the port phase.
“The two ships represent the coming of India’s warship-building capabilities,” said an official.
Battleships are equipped with weapons and sensors and carry multi-role helicopters. The three-day practice will end on Sunday.
Source: IB Times