An Indian Navy warship carried out a military exercise with a South Korean vessel in the East China Sea on Monday amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region, officials said.

“Indian Navy’s indigenous ASW Corvette INS Kiltan deployed in the Far East undertook Navy Partnership Exercise in East China Sea with Republic of Korea Navy Ship–ROKS Gyeongnam, a Daegu-class frigate, on June 28,” a spokesperson of the Indian Navy said.

The Navy partnership exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability and facilitating exchange of best practices with partner navies in the maritime domain.

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