Indian Naval Ship Tarkash Arrives At Helsinki
On July 31, 2019, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tarkash arrived at Helsinki, Finland for a three-day visit as part of Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to Africa, Europe, and Russia. The Ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and is under the operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, which is based at Mumbai. During the visit Vice Admiral, Mr. Ajit Kumar will lead the Indian Navy delegation. Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar met the Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Mr. Tomi Sevander and will also call on Mr. Jukka Juusti, Permanent Secretary of Defence.
On August 1, 2019, the Ship will be open for visitors from 10:00-12:30 hrs at LHB Quay at Hernesaari Artholmen harbor, Hernematalankatu 6, Helsinki.
Dignitaries and government officials of Finland, diplomatic corps, Indian Community and friends of India are scheduled to visit INS Tarkash while it is docked in the port of Helsinki. For further enhancement of bilateral cooperation, professional interactions are planned with the Finnish Navy and Coast Guard. Social engagements, sports event, and sharing of best practices have been organized for the crew. They will also visit important landmarks in the City of Helsinki.
There are friendly and warm relations between Finland and India. Bilateral agenda and cooperation are diversifying. This year the visit of INS Tarkash is one of the highlights of events to celebrate 70 years of India-Finland diplomatic relations.
INS Tarkash is a ‘stealth’ frigate commissioned into the Indian Navy on 9 November 2012 and incorporates latest stealth features. Captain Sathish Vasudev commands INS Tarkash, weapons and sensors are carried and is manned by a crew of over 250, including 30 Officers, making it one of the most important platforms of the Indian Navy.
Indian Navy Ships are regularly deployed as part of the Indian Navy’s mission of building ‘bridges of friendship’ and strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries as well as to address maritime concerns. The ship’s visit to Finland comes amidst shared maritime interests and deepening bilateral ties.