India’s efforts to strengthen its defense ties with Vietnam, the Indian Navy will gift the decommissioned Missile Corvette INS Kirpan to Vietnam on June 21, 2023. The ship was decommissioned in 2022 after serving the Indian Navy for over 30 years.
The gift of INS Kirpan is a significant gesture of India’s commitment to its partnership with Vietnam. It is also a sign of India’s growing defense capabilities and its willingness to share its expertise with other countries.
The INS Kirpan is a 1,350-ton ship that is armed with surface-to-surface missiles, anti-submarine weapons, and a variety of guns. It is a capable warship that will be a valuable addition to the Vietnamese Navy.
The gift of INS Kirpan is also seen as a way for India to counter China’s growing influence in the region. China has been asserting its claims in the South China Sea, and Vietnam is one of the countries that has been most affected by China’s actions. The gift of INS Kirpan will help Vietnam to strengthen its naval defenses and to deter China from further aggression.
The gift of INS Kirpan is a positive development for India-Vietnam relations. It is a sign of the growing trust and cooperation between the two countries, and it will help to strengthen their maritime security.