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Port call by Indian Naval Ships INS Mumbai, Teg, Talwar and Deepak, Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), 9-12 October 2014

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Four Indian Naval Ships, namely, INS Mumbai, INS Talwar, INS Teg and INS Deepak visited Antsiranana Port, Madagascar from 9 to 12 October 2014. The Indian naval ships were under the overall command of Rear Admiral R Hari Kumar, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet.

During their stay in Antsiranana, Indian Navy personnel led by Rear Admiral Hari Kumar, VSM called on the Chief of the Diana Region, Commandant of the Naval Forces, representative of Minister of Defence, Commandant of the Gendarmerie and the Deputy Mayor of Antsiranana. 

The Indian Navy personnel imparted professional training to Malagasy Navy personnel in the fields of Damage Control & Fire Fighting exercises and anti-piracy. They also donated medicines to the local Military Hospital and visited Deaf and Dumb School in the region. The Indian Navy band played popular songs in the town square which was very well received by the Malagasy public and visiting tourists who assembled in large number. The Indian Navy also participated in a football match with the Malagasy Navy and defence forces, which ended in a draw.

Earlier, the Indian Community in Antsiranana gave a rousing welcome to the Indian Navy personnel by hosting a Community Reception. Indian Navy as well as the Malagasy Navy hosted their respective receptions which were well attended by the important dignitaries and a cross section of the member of public from the region including Indian community. A record number of Indian and Malagasy public including school children visited the Indian Naval Ships.

The Indian Naval ships on successful conclusion of their visit, departed from Antsiranana on 12 October 2014.