Bergen, Norway, As part of the ongoing overseas deployment, INS Tabar entered Bergen harbour in Norway on August 5.
The ship was received by the Liaison Officer of Royal Norwegian Navy and the Indian Defence Attaché. Commodore Trond Gimmingsrud, Chief of Royal Norwegian Naval Fleet and Mr. Christian Hafstad, the Deputy Harbour Master of Bergen Harbour visited the ship and interacted with the Commanding Officer on jetty as per prevailing Covid protocols.
The Norwegian officials expressed their happiness on receiving an Indian warship and hoped to see more such similar engagements in future to consolidate the relations between the two countries.
On completion of port visit, which was a landmark first visit for the Indian Navy, INS Tabar participated in a Maritime Partnership Exercise with Royal Norwegian Navy ship, HNoMS Storm, a Skjold class FAC (M) on August 8. A range of operations like surface manoeuvres, Visit Board Search & Seizure exercise (VBSS) and vertical replenishment by helicopter were exercised.
The exercise was mutually beneficial in enhancing interoperability and towards consolidating combined operations against maritime threats.