Two warships of the Indian Navy on Sunday reached Malaysia on a six-day visit as the force aims to further deepen bilateral maritime cooperation including effectively containing piracy in the Indian Ocean region.
The ships - INS Shivalik and INS Jyoti - are part of an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean in sync with India's 'Act East Policy'.
"The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to under score India's peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between Indiaand Malaysia," Navy Spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said.
Indian naval assets have been increasingly deployed inrecent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region.
In addition, as part of the Indian government's vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with surveillance of the exclusive economic zones, search and rescue operations and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities.
"The current deployment will contribute towards theIndian Navy's efforts to consolidate inter-operability andforge strong bonds of friendship across the seas," Sharma said.