A contingent of Indian Navy participated in Mauritius Day celebration on the 50th independence anniversary of the island nation where President Ram Nath Kovind was the chief guest, officials said on Tuesday.

Indian Naval Ship Tabar, a stealth frigate, had arrived at Port Louis on March 10. On the Mauritian National Day on Monday, the ship fielded a marching contingent in addition to fly-past by Chetak helicopters and performance by the Indian naval band.

India and Mauritius have traditionally enjoyed close and friendly relations.

President Kovind had on Monday wished Mauritius on its 50th independence anniversary and expressed India’s commitment to always being a “steadfast” friend.

Kovind, who is in Mauritius had tweeted: “Congratulations and best wishes to the people and government of Mauritius on the 50th anniversary of independence.”

“The people and the Republic of India share your joy and commit to always being steadfast friends and partners,” he added.

Kovind is on a five-day visit to the island nations of Mauritius and Madagascar in tune with India’s increasing focus on the Indian Ocean region.

While he will visit Mauritius from March 11 to 14, he will be in Madagascar on March 14-15.

On Monday, Kovind visited Ganga Talao, one of the most revered place for the Indian community and locals in Mauritius.

In keeping with the long held tradition, the President brought an offering of Gangajal from Haridwar, the Presidents’ Office tweeted.