India and Malaysia on Saturday held a joint naval exercise here marking the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, with Navy vessels from the two countries staging live-fire drills.
Usually live firing is not part of a joint passage exercise but the fact that Indian naval ships INS Kora and INS Kirpan and Malaysian Royal Navy's KD Amin and KD Nadim staged the drill shows the close friendship and strong maritime ties between the two countries, official sources told PTI.
Both the Indian ships are missile corvettes which arrived in Malaysia on April 29. The joint exercise is being held on the waters of Malacca Straits and on its conclusion INS Kora and INS Kirpan will head to Port Blair.
The two Indian ships were docked at the Royal Malaysian Naval Base at Lumut in Perak State.
Exchange of goodwill visits by naval ships of India and Malaysia to each other's ports has traditionally been an important component of friendly relations between the two countries, the sources added.
During the visit, the personnel of Indian Navy also held professional interactions and sports exchanges with their counterparts in the Royal Malaysian Navy.
They undertook community service at Sekolah Semangat Maju, Setiawan, a school for special children.