New Delhi (VNA) - India and Malaysia launched a joint naval military exercise on September 14 to test inter-operability of their navies in South East Asia and Western Pacific regions.

The India Today quoted a local defence official as saying that two India’s warships, INS Sahyadri and INS Kiltan, have been dispatched by the Indian Navy to Malaysia for the bilateral exercise. The sea phase of the exercise, which is named 'Samudra Laksamana', is at present underway off the Malaysian port of Kota Kinabalu.

According to the official, INS Sahyadri and INS Kiltan are under command of Rear Admiral Suraj Berry, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, based at Visakhapatnam.

The two ships represent the coming of age of India's warship-building capabilities, said the official, adding that the warships are equipped with a versatile array of weapons and sensors and have the capability to carry multi-role helicopters./.