Context: Indian Naval Ship Tarkash, a front-line warship of the Indian Navy, entered the port of Bergen, Norway, on 09 Aug 2019 for a three day visit as part of Western Fleet Overseas Deployment.
Highlights of the port call:
- 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, based at Mumbai.
- The port call by Tarkash at Bergen is a demonstration of India's warm ties with Norway.
- During the port call, various dignitaries and government officials of Norway are scheduled to visit the ship.
- Professional interactions are planned with the Royal Norwegian Navy and Coast Guard towards further enhancing co-operation between the two countries.
- In addition to social engagements and sports event, best practices will also be shared between the Indian and Royal Norwegian Navies.
- India has cordial and friendly relations with Norway since 1947. Bilateral cooperation between the two countries is progressed through the India-Norway Joint Commission Meetings.
- The inaugural 'Bilateral Discussion' between the Royal Norwegian Navy and IN was held in February 2017 at New Delhi.
- Indian Navy ships are regularly deployed as part of Indian Navy's mission of building 'bridges of friendship' and strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries. The ship visit to Norway comes amidst growing importance and convergence of national goals towards shared maritime interest and deepening of ties between both the countries.