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The Indian Navy’s Talwar-class frigate, INS Tabar, is taking part in exercises with the British Royal Navy.

It is currently docked into Portsmouth harbour and started the annual bilateral exercise Konkan 2021 on 12 August.

The frigate conducted a maritime interception exercise with the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster off Portsmouth.

Exercise Konkan 2021 will be continued between INS Tabar and HMS Westminster after the departure of the former from Portsmouth.

On entering the harbour, the Final Planning Conference for Exercise Konkan 2021 was held in non-contact form between the Ops Teams of Tabar and Westminster.

Royal Navy fleet commander vice-admiral Jerry Kyd said: “I am delighted to be visiting INS Tabar while she is alongside in Portsmouth, and grateful for the opportunity to meet with the High Commissioner.

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“The Royal Navy enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with our Indian colleagues, and one which runs deep and is highly valued.

“A recent engagement encompassing ten ships and two submarines in the Bay of Bengal is a fantastic example of the level of cooperation between our two nations at sea.”

Members of the Indian ship recently hosted a special flag hoisting ceremony. INS Tabar also commemorated the 75th anniversary of India’s independence from the British Empire.

In December 2016, the navies of the UK and India conducted the annual bilateral maritime exercise Konkan 16 in Mumbai and Goa.