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UPDATED: 10:24, July 03, 2006
India Navy vessel visits NZ
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One of the Indian Navy's most modern ships, the Indian missile frigate Tabar, is in New Zealand for a five-day goodwill visit.

The two-year-old warship, which was commissioned in St Petersburg in 2004, arrived at Devonport, New Zealand, Sunday.

The 124.8m naval vessel is home to a crew of 305 sailors and 34 officers and weighs 4,250 tons.

The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate Te Mana recently visited the Indian ports of Cochin and Mumbai as part of a reciprocal visit.

The reciprocal visits signal increasing interaction between the two Commonwealth navies, said the Defense.

The Tabar has an impressive range of weapons and sensors, including vertical launch surface attack missiles, surface-to-air missiles, anti-submarine weapons and a suite of guns.

Highlights of the Tabar's visit will include a band session involving military musicians from both the Tabar and the Royal New Zealand Navy, and a soccer match between the Indians and their Kiwi hosts.

Before arriving in New Zealand the frigate stopped off in Jakarta, Indonesia, to unload a shipment of aid for the survivors of the Yogyakarta earthquake on May 27.

Source: Xinhua

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