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INS Kolkata, Shakti to participate in IFR in China; Jaideep Sarkar appointed as High Commissioner to South Africa - Current Affairs

The Indian Navy would be represented in the IFR by indigenously built stealth guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet support ship INS Shakti. The visit of Indian Navy’s most potent destroyer and versatile fleet support ship showcases India’s proficiency, reach and sustainability in addition to indigenous ship building capability.

Apr 20, 2019 09:30 IST
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Story 1: INS Kolkata, INS Shakti to participate in IFR in China

The Indian Navy will participate in International Fleet Review (IFR) that is scheduled to take place on April 21, 2019 in Qingdao, China as part of 70th Anniversary celebrations of People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy).

The Indian Navy would be represented in the IFR by indigenously built stealth guided missile destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet support ship INS Shakti.

The visit of Indian Navy’s most potent destroyer and versatile fleet support ship showcases India’s proficiency, reach and sustainability in addition to indigenous ship building capability.

The harbour stay of these Indian Navy Ships (INS) will be marked by interaction between personnel of participating navies, various dignitaries of PLA and Government officials.

The PLA personnel and local population will be allowed to visit these ships to witness Indian Navy’s prowess and India’s ship building capability. The Naval Parade will be reviewed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 23, 2019.

What is International Fleet Review (IFR)?

The International Fleet Review is a parade of naval ships, aircraft and submarines. The IFR is organised by nations to promote goodwill, strengthen cooperation and showcase their organisational capabilities.

The IFR serves as an ideal platform for world’s navies to showcase their expertise and indigenous ship designing and ship building capabilities in the international arena.

India conducted the IFR in February 2016 that saw overwhelming participation of 50 navies with nearly 100 warships.

INS Kolkata & INS Shakti

INS Kolkata is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors to address threats in all dimensions of naval warfare, while INS Shakti is one of the largest tankers that can transport over 27000 tonnes and is capable of carrying 15,000 tonnes of liquid cargo and over 500 tonnes of solid cargo.

Story 2: Jaideep Sarkar appointed as India's High Commissioner to South Africa

Diplomat Jaideep Sarkar was appointed as India's High Commissioner to South Africa. His appointment was made by the Union External Affairs Ministry. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

Sarkar is a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. He is currently serving as India's ambassador in Bhutan. Prior to this, Sarkar was India's Ambassador to Israel from October 2012 to January 2016.

He has also served in Indian Missions in Tokyo, Seoul and Bangladesh. Sarkar worked in the Union Ministry of Finance during 1992-1996, dealing with economic relations with European Union member countries.

In 2004, Sarkar joined the Prime Minister's Office as a Director and dealt with a number of ministries including the MEA, Finance and Planning.

India’s Ambassador to Lebanon

The Union External Affairs Ministry also appointed Suhel Ajaz Khan as the Ambassador to Lebanon. Khan is presently serving as India's Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia.