Kuala lumpur: Malaysia has lauded Indian Navy's search efforts to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that mysteriously disappeared over a year ago, saying it demonstrated close maritime ties between the two countries.
The Indian forces have been continuously in touch with the Malaysian Navy since the plane disappeared mid-air on March 8, 2014, and they fully rendered all possible help towards search and rescue operations, Royal Malaysian Navy assistant chief of staff operations and exercises, Rear-Admiral Mior Rosdi Mior Jaafar said at Port Klang near here.
"This is a testimony of the close maritime friendship we have between India and Malaysia over the years," he said after attending a dinner on board the Indian navy ship, 'INS Kesari' at the Port Klang Cruise Centre, last night. Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia T S Tirumurti also attended the dinner.
'INS Kesari' is one of four Indian naval ships which docked at Port Klang on Tuesday for a four-day visit to Malaysia together with 'INS Tir', 'INS Varuna', and 'INS Sudarshini' as part of its overseas deployment training for 137 sea trainees in areas concerning seamanship, navigation and ship handling.
These ships from the First Training Squadron are the only ships of Indian Navy and Coast Guard where intensive practical sea training of 24 weeks is conducted for under trainee officers.
Rosdi said the joint naval exercises conducted between India and Malaysia had enabled both countries to learn from each other's expertise by jointly conducting drills and exercises at sea, state-owned Bernama news agency reported. He noted that the Indian Navy has been a regular participant at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.
The INS Kamorta, India's first indigenously-built stealth anti-submarine warfare, will participate in this year's exhibition from March 17 to 21, Rosdi said.
Captain Sivaram R Ayyan, the senior officer of the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy (INS), hoped such visits will foster cultural understanding and relations among the Indian Navy and the Malaysian Navy.