Indian Naval ship Pralaya arrived at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on Friday. The vessel will participate in the NAVDEX 2021(Naval Defence Exhibition) and IDEX 2021 (International Defence Exhibition) scheduled to take place from February 20 to February 25.
Deployment of Indian Navy ships to Abu Dhabi, UAE underscores deep-rooted friendly ties and multi-faceted cooperation between India and UAE.
The Ministry of Defence said the participation of INS Pralaya in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21 showcases the robust and strong bilateral relationship shared by both nations. One of the world’s most prominent annual naval defence and maritime security exhibitions, NAVDEX is held alongside IDEX.
India and the UAE had in 2017 upgraded bilateral relations to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’. This was done during the visit of Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to India as the Republic Day chief guest.
Defence ties between the two nations were further strengthened in March 2018 as a result of joint-naval exercise GULF STAR-1. The second edition of this bilateral naval exercise is likely to be conducted later this year. According to the Ministry of Defence, Indian Navy ships have been making regular port calls at UAE for promoting maritime cooperation.
Know about Indian Navy’s warship
INS Pralaya, Made in India modern missile vessel of Indian Navy was commissioned in the Indian Navy on December 18, 2002. In addition to a 76.2 mm medium-range gun, INS Pralaya is also equipped with chaff launchers and long-range surface-to-surface missiles.
The 56 m long ship, displacing about 560 T is capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots and is fitted with an impressive array of weapons and sensors. These include a 76.2 mm medium range gun and 30 mm close range guns. The ship, built indigenously at Goa Shipyard Limited, bears testimony to the capabilities of the Indian ship building industry and is a versatile platform capable of performing a wide variety of surface warfare missions.
Participation of INS Pralaya in NAVDEX 21 and IDEX 21, one of the leading international naval and defence exhibitions of the region, is aimed at showcasing the strengths of India’s indigenous ship building, in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’.