Indian frigate INS Tabar has arrived in the UK ahead of exercises with the Royal Navy.
INS Tabar is a Talwar class frigate and was designed and built by Russia for the Indian Navy, the warship entered service in 2004.
According to the Royal Navy in a news release:
“While in Portsmouth, members of the 300-strong ship’s company will pay their respects to World War 1 and 2 fallen, immortalised on the Naval Memorial on Southsea Common. Before their country’s independence in 1947, Indians served with distinction in all theatres of war: at its peak in WW2, the then Royal Indian Navy counted 20,000 personnel.
And on Sunday the Tabar – as with Indians around the globe – will celebrate the 75th year of their country’s independence from the British Empire. The frigate will ‘dress ship’ – flying a colourful assortment of flags from bow to stern – and is due to hold a reception for dignitaries, led by India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Gaitri Issar Kumar.”
Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd was quoted as saying:
“I am delighted to be visiting INS Tabar while she is alongside in Portsmouth, and grateful for the opportunity to meet with the High Commissioner. The Royal Navy enjoys a mutually-beneficial relationship with our Indian colleagues, and one which runs deep and is highly valued. Recent engagement – encompassing ten ships and two submarines in the Bay of Bengal is a fantastic example of the level of cooperation between our two nations at sea.”
Back in 2008, the vessel was fired upon by a pirate vessel and subsequently destroyed it. Indian naval spokesman, Commander Nirad Sinha, said at the time that “INS Tabar encountered a pirate vessel south west of Oman with two speedboats in tow. This vessel was similar in description to the ‘mother vessel’ mentioned in various piracy bulletins. INS Tabar closed in on the vessel and asked her to stop for investigation. Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of the vessel with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers. The vessel continued threatening calls and subsequently fired upon INS Tabar.”