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Indian vessel involved in MH370 search is here

Published on: Thursday, August 07, 2014

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman in discussion with new Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia, T.S. Tirumurti, during a courtesy call at the Chief Minister's official residence in Sri Gaya, Wednesday.

Tirumurti had earlier said that his office would start a Visa Service Centre (VSC) here to enable Malaysians in Sabah to apply for visas to visit India, without having to go to Kuala Lumpur to do so.

He also paid a courtesy call on Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the Istana. Meanwhile, the Indian warship INS Ranvijay, which was involved in the international search and rescue mission for Malaysian Airlines MH370 which disappeared since March 8, called at Sepanggar Port, Wednesday.

The missile launcher with machine guns and a helipad, had just completed Exercise Malabar - a trilateral exercise involving the navies of India, Japan and the United States.With 350 crew led by Capt. M. Goverdhan Raju, the ship was accompanied by a stealth frigate, INS Shivalik and a fleet tanker INS Shakti, which are on its way to Brunei.

This is the warship's second visit here, the first in 2011. Rural Development Minister Datuk Radin Malleh represented Musa at a reception onboard the vessel.

Also present were Sabah Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries President Viktor Suppiah, Malaysian Indian Congress Sabah Liaison Chairman Datuk V. Jothy and officials from both the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Indian Navy.

The Malaysian Navy was represented by Commander of the Submarine Force Admiral Rahman Ayob.