On the occasion of the 325th Navy Day celebrations of the Russian Navy, INS Tabar participated in the parade held at St Petersburg in Russia. According to an official statement from the Ministry of Defence, INS Tabar reached Russia on July 22 and the celebrations were held on July 25.
INS Tabar is a Talwar-class stealth frigate and forms part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet which is based at Mumbai under the Western Naval Command. The Indian Naval Band embarked on Tabar also participated in the City Parade during the celebrations. In addition, during her stay at St Petersburg, the crew of Tabar participated in various bilateral professional interactions with the Russian Navy. Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, D B Venkatesh Varma on July 23 visited the ship and was briefed by the Commanding Officer regarding the present deployment. The Ambassador conveyed his appreciation for the role played by the Indian Navy in guarding our sea frontiers and in further strengthening the friendly India-Russia relations. On Jul 24, Commanding Officer, Captain Mahesh Mangipudi, paid homage at the historic Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg, dedicated mostly to the victims of the siege of Leningrad where about 420,000 civilians and 50,000 soldiers of the Leningrad Front were buried in 186 mass graves during the World War – II. This was part of the established series of naval exercises between the Indian Navy and the Russian Navy titled exercise INDRA.
The harbour interactions and the exercise at sea aim to consolidate the long-standing ties between the two navies. India and Russia share special bilateral relations that span several decades. These include close military ties and strong cooperation between the two navies.