Prior to their call in Port Klang, the warships -- INS Rana, INS Shivalik, INS Karmukh and INS Shakti -- visited China, Singapore, Japan [ Images ], Vietnam, the Philippines and South Korea.
The ships, led by Rear Admiral Ajit Kumar, carry over 1,000 sailors and 200 senior marine officers. The ships' four-day visit to Malaysia is aimed at strengthening ties between the two naval forces.
"We have established good ties with the Royal Malaysian Navy but there is always room for growth. We will meet Malaysian navy officers to discuss if such programmes are viable," he told newsmen during a tour of the INS Shakti, which serves as the fuel and logistics tanker to the other three destroyers. It is his third visit to Malaysia while the first for many of the crewmembers, he said, adding: "Port Klang is one of the nicest ports we have ever been to and I believe we will have a great time in Port Klang."
The ships, which will be open to the public on Friday, will leave for India [ Images ] on Saturday.
The ships were named after warriors, weapons and mountains in India, he said, adding they symbolised power and strength.