India has given a befitting reply to China’s intrusion by presenting INS Kirpan to Vietnam. The friendship between the two countries has further deepened after the handing over of INS Kirpan. According to ANI, this is the first time that India has gifted a fully operational warship to any of its neighboring friends. Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar retired it from India and handed it over to the Navy of Vietnam.
INS Kirpan has been a part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet since 1991. In the last 32 years, it was used in many missions. After handing over this warship to Vietnam, India’s strength will increase in the South China Sea. During the event, Admiral Kumar said that Vietnam plays an important role in the Indo-Pacific vision for India. Therefore, the handing over of Kirpan to Vietnam becomes a sign of deep friendship between the two countries. Let us tell you that Vietnam is considered an important country in ASEAN countries, whose dispute is going on with China regarding the area in the South China Sea.
Meanwhile, India is helping Vietnam with oil exploration projects in the South China Sea. Together, both the countries are enhancing their maritime security. INS Kripan, which was in service from 1991 to 2023, has now become a part of Vietnam’s Navy. The ship is 90 meters long and 10.45 meters wide. It is manned by 12 officers and 100 sailors.
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