Indian Navy destroyer INS Kolkata made a port call in Djibouti May 4-7 as part of an ongoing anti-piracy patrol mission in the Gulf of Aden.
The stop in Djibouti port was part of the Indian Navy’s recurring visits to the Horn of Africa country, where India is cultivating growing interests in consolidating its naval projection.
The visit of the naval unit was accompanied by meetings between the crew and local authorities. The commander of INS Kolkata, Captain Prashant Handu, hosted on board the unit Colonel Ahmed Daher Djama, commander of the Djibouti Navy, and Colonel Wais Omar Bogoreh, commander in chief of the country’s Coast Guard.
The Japanese Navy, meanwhile, deployed the JS Samidare destroyer (DD-106 of the Murasame class) to Djibouti on May 4 as part of its contribution to ongoing anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.