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INS Sunayna participates in Combined Maritime Forces Exercise in Seychelles

New Delhi: The Indian Naval Ship Sunayna on Wednesday participated in the maiden Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) exercise in Seychelles.

As per the Ministry of Defence release, INS Sunayna participated in the capacity-building exercise Operation Southern Readiness conducted by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) at Seychelles from September 24-27, 2022.

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The Indian Navy was welcomed to the CMF by Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, US NAVCENT. This is the maiden participation of an Indian Navy ship in CMF exercise.

As part of the interactive sessions attended by representatives of the participating countries, a training lecture on Maritime Domain Awareness was conducted by the Indian Navy, the release added.

A live demonstration on Visit Board Search & Seizure (VBSS) operations was also conducted onboard HMS Montrose led by the Seychelles Special forces with close support from the Indian Naval team.

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The event was coordinated as part of Distinguished Visitor’s demonstration and witnessed by Wavel Ramkalawan, the Hon’ble President of the Republic of Seychelles and senior officials of member countries of CMF. The participation of Indian Navy in the joint exercise was highly appreciated, the release said.

According to reports, INS Sunayna, the second of the NOPV (Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel) class of ship was commissioned at Kochi on October 15 in 2013 by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command.

The warship, according to the Indian Navy, is designed to undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of Sea Lines of Communications and offshore assets, and escort duties.

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