Bengaluru: Continuing with Indian Navy’s efforts to strengthen bonding between various friendly nations, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tabar, entered Port Louis, Mauritius on Thursday.

INS Tabar, a stealth frigate, will be anchored at Port Louis till March 13 and would actively participate in the Mauritius National Day celebrations.

“The idea is to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between the two nations. On the occasion of the Mauritius National Day (March 12), the ship would be fielding a marching contingent,” says a Navy spokesperson.

Navy says a Chetak helicopter would do a fly-past in addition to a performance by the Indian Naval Band. INS Tabar, a guided missile frigate, is commanded by Captain Ashutosh Ridhorkar.

Indian Navy says its assets have been regularly undertaking joint exercises with nations in the Indian Ocean Region.

INS Tabar

“INS Teg had undertaken joint patrolling with Mauritius in July last year. These joint missions have fostered seamless interoperability between the two maritime nations and have developed a strong friendship and mutual trust that underpin Indo-Mauritian partnership,” says the spokesperson.

Navy says these visits reinforce the cultural and ethnic ties of the two countries and are testimony to their joint commitment towards maritime security in the region.

During their stay at entered Port Louis, Indian Navy officials would also impart harbour training to the National Coast Guard of Mauritius.

“Our team is expected to give lectures on anti-piracy drills, visit board search and seizure of ships at sea, use of special equipment and weapons, GPS operations for coastal surveillance radar system and fire fighting among others,” says the official.

India and Mauritius have traditionally enjoyed close and friendly relations.