Indian Navy troops take part in the Seychelles National Day Parade N.

Indian Navy: A contingent of the Indian Navy has taken part in a military parade marking Seychelles’ Independence Day celebrations. The Indian Navy has been present on the occasion of Seychelles’ National Day since 1976. This year, the Indian Navy’s homemade missile destroyer (INS Kolkata) is operational in Seychelles.

The country of Seychelles, a group of 115 islands, is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa and is a strategically important friend to India. Every year Seychelles celebrates its Independence Day on June 29. This year, on the occasion of Independence Day, a grand military parade was organized in the capital, Port Victoria, on Sunday, July 3, with the participation of Seychelles Defense Forces as well as locals.

The plane’s engines were handed over to the Seychelles’ army.

Marines stationed on the Indian Navy’s INS Kolkata warship also marched in the parade. A marching band of Pakistan Navy also participated in the parade. Prior to participating in the military parade, the INS Kolkata Stealth Guided Missile Destroyer patrolled the Special Economic Zone (EEZ) from Seychelles with a Dornier aircraft. The sailors of the Seychelles Defense Forces were also given operational training at INS Kolkata. Meanwhile, INS Kolkata also handed over the engines of the Dornier aircraft brought to India by overhauling to the Seychelles Army. In addition, engineering spare parts for his ship were handed over to the Seychelles Coast Guard.

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Strong relationships

The strategic relationship between India and Seychelles has strengthened significantly in recent years. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar recently visited the Seychelles. In addition, in 2018, PM Narendra Modi (PM Narendra Modi) announced ڈالر 100 million in aid to strengthen Seychelles’ military capability. India is also building a naval base on the island of Seychelles, where an airstrip is being developed. The naval base is also important because China has already set up a military base in the African country of Djibouti.

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