The Kolkata is Docked at the N-Shed passenger terminal, along with the INS Aditya and the INS Trikand, having sailed from Kenya, Mozambique and Madagascar. The ships will be in Durban for four days before heading back to India.

The fleet arrived yesterday as part of a demonstration of India's commitment to its ties with South Africa and to the maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.

During the visit, the warships will have professional interactions with the South African Navy (SAN) for enhancing co-operation and sharing the nuances of naval operations, including combating maritime threats of terrorismand piracy, as well as naval training.

INSKolkata, INS Trikand and INS Aditya are commanded by Captain Rahul Vilas Gokhale, Captain Arjun Dev Nair and Vidyanshu Srivastava respectively. The fleet is part of the Indian Navy's Western Fleet based atMumbaiunder the Western Naval Command and are on a two month long deployment to the Western Indian Ocean

The last visit by an Indian naval ship toSouthAfricawas in November 2014, when Indian Naval Ship Teg made port call at Simon's Town and Cape Town as part of Exercise IBSAMAR, a trilateral maritime exercise involving navies of Brazil,Indiaand South Africa

According to a report in The Mercury, today, Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer of the Indian Navy’s Western Command, was impressed with the hospitality they have received.

Calls on senior government and military authorities, training and technical co-operation measures with SAN, sporting and cultural interaction at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two navies, are planned.

IndiaandSouthAfricahave very close and cordial political and diplomatic relations with a sizeable settlement of people of Indian origin in South Africa.

The frequent cross visits by high level delegation including the Head of State have further strengthened the bilateral relations. The recently concluded visit of India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi provided fresh impetus to the relationship between the two countries.

SAN also participated in the international Fleet Review hosted by India on February 16 and was represented by a SAN frigate, SAS Spioenkop.   

The Ship will be open for public viewing for today (21 September 2016) and tomorrow (22 September 2016) between 9am and 4pm. The ship’s band will also perform at Gateway tomorrow.