Mumbai. 26 July 2021. INS Tabar was in St Petersburg, Russia to parrticipate in the 325th Navy Day celebrations of the Russian Navy. During the Russian Navy Day Parade on 25 Jul 21, INS Tabar joined the column of ships that were reviewed by the President of Russian Federation. The Indian Naval Band embarked on Tabar also marched in the City Parade during the celebrations.
In addition, during her stay at St Petersburg, the crew of Tabar participate in various bilateral professional interactions with the Russian Navy. This was followed by naval exercises at sea between the two navies, which is a part of the established series of naval exercises between the Indian Navy and the Russian Navy titled exercise INDRA. The harbour interactions and the exercise at sea aimed to consolidate the long standing ties between the two navies. These engagements sought to further enhance maritime security and conduct combined operations against maritime threats. These interactions also offered an opportunity for both sides to observe and imbibe the ‘Best Practices’ followed in each other’s Navy.
Vice Admiral Sergei Yeliseyev, Deputy Commander of Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet visited Tabar on 23 Jul 21. He was received onboard with a Guard of Honor. He expressed deep appreciation to the Indian Navy for participation of the ship in the important event for the Russian Federation Navy (RuFN). He conveyed that the two Navies have strong bilateral relations and wished for more frequent mutual interactions. The Commanding Officer presented the Admiral with the ship’s crest on conclusion of the visit.
On 23 July, D B Venkatesh Varma, Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation visited the ship and was briefed by the Commanding Officer regarding the present deployment. The Ambassador conveyed his appreciation for the role played by the Indian Navy in guarding our sea frontiers and in further strengthening the friendly India-Russia relations.
On 24 July, The Commanding Officer, Captain Mahesh Mangipudi, paid homage at the historic Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg.
On 25 July, the 325th Navy Day of the Russian Navy, the ship joined the column of ships in Naval Parade reviewed by Mr Vladimir Putin, the President of Russian Federation. Over 50 ships, motor boats, submarines, 48 airplanes and helicopters of the naval aviation took part in the parade.
Post Navy Day celebrations, Tabar will participate in Exercise INDRA scheduled to be held on 28 and 29 Jul 21 in the Baltic sea with two Russian Navy ships.