Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Friday, November 14, 2003

Indian warships wind up Shanghai visit

A three-vessel Indian warship fleet left Shanghai Friday at end of a five-day official visit to the eastern coastal city.


A three-vessel Indian warship fleet left Shanghai Friday at end of a five-day official visit to the eastern coastal city.

The fleet, commanded by Rear Admiral R. P. Suthan, flag officer commanding the Eastern Fleet of India, was comprised of the guidedmissile destroyer INS Ranjit, the guided missile corvette INS Kulish and the replenishment tanker INS Jyoti.

This was the fourth time that Indian warships called on Shanghai.

During their visit, Suthan and his officers met with Commander of China's East Sea Fleet Zhao Guojun and Vice Mayor Feng Guoqin of Shanghai and were entertained by the Shanghai Naval Base with areception.

The navy officers and soldiers of the two sides also visited each other's warships and held sports competitions.

Before winding up their visit Friday, the Indian fleet joined the Chinese navy to conduct a search and rescue exercise off the coast of Shanghai, China's commercial hub. This was the first everSino-Indian joint naval exercise in the field of non-conventional security.

During the joint exercise code-named "dolphin 0311", a Chinese replenishment tanker acted as a merchant ship that caught fire andwas rescued by a Chinese guided missile corvette and the Indian warships. The two navies carried out an airborne and surface search and navigation by helicopters, putting out the fire and immediately transporting injured personnel.

The exercise was a total success, according to Chinese naval officers.

Before the joint exercise, the Chinese and Indian navies also conducted maritime communication and maneuvers in formation, including light signals, flag signals, high-frequency wireless communication and changes of formation on the sea.

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