aniket wrote:But seriously when ships like these go out to sea what role do they perform and equipment do they carry
Usually they will not be carrying any Marine force or tanks since this is just a port visit. But surely they will carry their weapons. Port visits or Port calls are part of Naval diplomacy and the Navy that do port calls try to showcase that we are here and we are your buddy kind of message. Those who are hostile gets a message that we can be here if you are not friendly towards us.
So it can be used in both ways. Since most of the countries in the ASEAN region are friendly, the message to them is that we are here for you, kind of a message and for China, may be we are here in your background.
Part of port visits include exchange of ideas, meetings and sometimes naval exercises.
The following report is about the INS Airavat visiting Cambodia
Indian warship docks at Sihanoukville porthttp://cambodiatodayz.com/indian-warshi ... -port.html
THE INS Airavat, an amphibious warfare vessel of the Indian navy, made a port visit to Sihanoukville on Tuesday. This is the fifth visit by an Indian warship to Cambodia in as many years.
Part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet based in Vishakapatnam, the INS Airavat is capable of carrying 500 marines and 10 tanks. The ship is also equipped for humanitarian missions, and includes a fully-functioning hospital on board.
The ship began sea trials in 2008 and was commissioned on May 19, 2009, making it the third such vessel of the Shardul Class amphibious troop carriers. Constructed at a shipyard in Kolkata, the INS Airavat can operate at sea for 45 days and is named after the fabled albino, four-tusked elephant of Hindu mythology which was known as the mount for the Hindu god Indra, considered King of the Devas.
The ship carries two WM-18 rocket launchers, four CRN-91 AA 30mm guns, with a helicopter pad on the stern for its Westland Sea King helicopter.
Indian Commander Nitin Kapoor welcomed on board Cambodian Vice Admiral and Commander of the Cambodian Navy Tea Vinh and a coterie of senior Cambodian naval officers. Kapoor presented Vinh with a replica of the mythological elephant Airavat.
Indian Ambassador to Cambodia Rajesh Sachdeva said in his official remarks that Lord Indra was responsible for providing the rains and that the afternoon shower preceding the event was a blessing. He noted that the mythical elephant Airavat was visible at most of the Hindu temples constructed in Cambodia.
Indian navy officers were to visit a Cambodian orphanage yesterday as a way of assisting those in need in the Kingdom. The INS Airavat visited Brunei before docking in Sihanoukville. The ship will be making other port visits in Southeast Asia before returning to home port in India.
Added later: If there is any amphibious landing exercise planned, then surely tanks etc will be there. It seems India has not carried out any such exercises overseas.