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Visit of INS Satpura to Brunei Darussalam, 25-28 November 2017

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To celebrate 25 years of ASEAN-India Partnership and to reaffirm India's commitment to ASEAN, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Satpura visited Muara Port of Brunei from 25 to 28 November 2017. The visit of this ship further strengthened the close and friendly Bilateral ties between the two countries and is one of the ongoing sights of artistic, cultural, people-to-people events to celebrate this imp ort milestone in the India-ASEAN relationship.

INS Satpura was welcomed by the officers of Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) with a band display. The two navies held professional exchanges on INS Satpura to learn best practices from each other. The High Commissioner of India to Brunei, Captain of INS Satpura and the Defense Adviser paid a courtesy call on the commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The Captain of INS Satpura and the Defense Adviser also paid a courtesy call on Acting Chief of the Royal Brunei Navy. The crew of INS Satpura and the RBN played a friendly football match.

The High Commission of India and INS Satpura hosted an on-board reception on 27 November 2017 at the First Admiral Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi Bin Pengiran Haji Mohamed, Chief of Royal Brunei Navy, was the Chief Guest. Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense and the members of the diplomatic community in Brunei attended the reception. In his address on the occasion, High Commissioner referred to the growing engagement between India and ASEAN member states in different sectors including in defense cooperation under the ADMM Plus format. She mentioned some recent ASEAN-India events like the Youth Summit, Artists' Camp and Music Festival and praised the active Bruneian participation in them. She also spoke of the deepening Brunei-India bilateral ties. Captain Rahul Shankar, in his address referred to the cooperation between the Royal Brunei Navy and the Indian Navy. There was an audio-visual presentation on INS Satpura followed by performances of Bhangra dance and live music by the band and crew of the ship.

Over 70 children with their parents and teachers of the Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, a non-governmental charity organization which provides education, rehabilitation and training to children with special needs, visited INS Satpura on 28 November 2017. The children were They were treated to a ship's band and mementoes of the ship were gifted to them.

28 November 2017 
High Commission of India