Indian Coast Guard Current Affairs

Sahyog-Hyeoblyeog 2018: India, South Korea joint anti-piracy, search and rescue exercise

India, South Korea joint anti-piracy, search and rescue exercise ‘Sahyog-Hyeoblyeog 2018’ was conducted in Bay of Bengal off the Chennai coast in Tamil Nadu. The exercise was conducted between Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Korean Coast Guard (KCG) as part of proposed establishment of MoU between them to improve maritime security in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Sahyog-Hyeoblyeog 2018

The exercise aimed at developing working level co-operation and aenhanced inter-operability between coast guards of both countries in fields of maritime search and rescue. The exercise witnessed varied scenarios such as prohibition of a pirate vessel, cross boarding, fire fighting, hijacking of merchant vessel and its subsequent rescue and search and rescue (SAR) demonstration.

For the exercise, ICG had deployed Dornier aircraft along with ICG Shaurya, Rani Abbakka, C-423, C-431. KCG had deployed its lone ship BADARO. As part of the exercise, ships of ICG and KCG undertook strategic exercises and drills to counter piracy and carry out maritime law enforcement tasks. Dornier aircraft deployed by IGC undertook out sea-air coordinated search along with five ships. KCS ship took part in this search and rescue exercise.

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C-437: Indian Coast Guard commissions interceptor boat

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned interceptor boat ICGS C-437 at Porbandar, Gujarat as part of its efforts to strengthen coastal security. ICGS C-437 shall be based at Jakhau under administrative and operational control of commander Coast Guard Region (North West).

ICGS C-437

The interceptor boat is 27.8m long, has displacement capacity of 106 tonnes and has maximum speed of 45 knots. It is capable of undertaking multifarious task such as surveillance, search and rescue, interdiction and rendering assistance to boats and craft in distress at sea.

The boat has advanced navigational and communication equipment with capability to respond to any maritime situation. Its induction will strengthen the security umbrella of the west coast and will help augment patrolling, to prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing.

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