Sahayog-Kaijin Current Affairs

‘Sahayog – Kaijin 2016’: India and Japan joint Coast Guard exercise

The 15th edition of bilateral exercise by the Indian Coast Guard and its Japanese counterpart titled ‘Sahayog-Kaijin 2016’ has begun off the coast of Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the Bay of Bengal.

Key facts

  • Focus of Exercise: Anti-piracy procedures, search and rescue operations and interoperability between the two forces and other areas of common professional interest.
  • Highlights: Japanese Coast Guard ship Echigo along with its integral helicopter is participating.
  • It will also involve Indian coast guard ships like Samudra Pahredar, Rajkamal, Vishwast, Rajtarang, Hovercraft, C-415, C-417, one Dornier and one Chetak helicopter.

Background

  • Sahayog-Kaijin bilateral exercise is a part of the cooperative arrangements between two Coast Guards for the last 15 years.
  • It is also as part of the memorandum on cooperation (MoC) signed between the two countries in 2006.
  • It is biennial bilateral exercise held once in two years and the venue would shift in both countries on alternate occasions.

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