Two Indian Navy ships, INS Kolkata and INS Sahyadri, arrived in Papua New Guinea.
Their visit highlights India's global importance amid US-China rivalry and alliances.
The ships will stay in Port Moresby for two days, boosting maritime cooperation.
India currently holds the G20 presidency and plans to participate in Quad naval exercises.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) signed a defense agreement with the US in May 2023.
Rising sea levels due to climate change are a top security concern for Pacific islands address the issue before the ship can resume operations.
The Indian PM Narendra Modi visited PNG recently, followed by other world leaders.
Western nations seek stronger collaboration with Pacific islands beyond symbolic gestures.