INS Sunayna in Seychelles

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INS Sunayna entered Port Victoria Seychelles on 24 Sep 22 to participate in the annual training exercise Operation Southern Readiness of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). 

Important facts

  • This reaffirms the commitment of the Indian Navy to maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.

  • It also marks the first participation of an Indian Navy ship in the CMF exercise.

  • The ship is scheduled to participate as an associate participant in the capacity building exercise organized by the CMF.

  • Representative delegations from USA, Italy, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and ships from UK, Spain and India are participating in the joint training exercise.

INS Sunayna

  • It is the second Saryu-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy.

  • It was designed and constructed indigenously by the Goa Shipyard Limited.

  • It is designed for fleet operations, coastal and offshore patrol, maritime surveillance and monitoring of sea lines of communication, and offshore asset and maintenance work.

  • In June 2018, it was deployed as part of "Operation Nistar", a HADR mission to evacuate Indian citizens from cyclone-hit Socotra islands.

About Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)

  • It is a multi-national naval partnership to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters.

  • Its main focus areas are counter-narcotics, counter-smuggling, suppressing piracy, encouraging regional cooperation etc.

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