July 01, 2014: Covering a distance of over 5000 nautical miles (9000 Km), Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, an indigenously built guided missile stealth Frigate arrived today at Pearl Harbour, USA to participate in the multilateral maritime exercise, called RIMPAC (Rim of Pacific). The exercise is scheduled to be held from 01 Jul — 02 Aug 14. This is the first ever participation of an Indian Naval ship in Exercise RIMPAC. It may be recalled that the ships had left Darwin, Australia on 13 Jun 14 after a brief stay of 03 days.
During the stay in Pearl Harbour, the ship’s crew would be participating in harbour exercises, professional interactions, military symposiums, sports events and social fixtures being conducted as part of the Harbour Phase of RIMPAC 14. Subsequently, during the Sea Phase, the ship will participate in various exercises with navies from different countries, covering the entire gamut of maritime operations including anti-surface, anti-submarine, anti-air and Carrier Strike Group operations.
INS Sahyadri’s participation in RIMPAC-14 will serve to reinforce naval ties with USA and other participating countries, as well as contribute immensely towards enhancing interoperability with friendly navies.
The multi role stealth frigate, boasts of an array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missiles augmented by powerful guns of different calibers provide a formidable shield against all types of threats. Two integral multi-role helicopters carried by the ship act as force multipliers in all maritime scenarios due to their versatility and long range. Commissioned on 21 July 12, INS Sahyadri, is presently being commanded by Captain Jyotin Raina, and is manned by 25 officers and 255 sailors of different specialisations/branches.