Maritime Security Current Affairs - 2020

VAJRA: The Offshore Patrol Vessel-6 launched at Chennai

On February 27, 2020, the 6th Coast Guard OPV-6 (Offshore Patrol Vessel-6) called the “VAJRA” was launched in Chennai.

Highlights

The OPV will assist Indian Navy in guarding 7,500 km long coast line and 20 lakh square kilo metre of Exclusive Economic Zone. It will also help to safeguard one lakh merchant ships transiting in the Indian Ocean from all over the world.

The OPV is to be utilized for patrolling, surveying, anti-smuggling and anti-terrorist operations. The OPV has two navigational radars installed.

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard is an armed force of India. It protects the maritime interests of India and also enforces maritime law in the territorial waters of India. The Indian Coast Guard operates under Ministry of Defence. There are 5 Indian Coast Guard Regions in India. They are Western Region (Mumbai), Eastern Region (Chennai), North-East Region (Kolkata), Andaman and Nicobar Region (Port Blair) and North-West Regions (Gandhinagar).

India-Maldives sign MoU to establish Addu Tourism

On February 2, 2020, India and Maldives signed 5 Memorandum of Understandings to establish Addu Tourism in 5 islands of Addu atoll. The tourism is to be developed at a cost of 2.49 million USD. Addu is a city in Maldives that contains several inhabited Islands.

Highlights

The Agreements were signed by the High Commissioner of India Sunjay Sudhir, Addu Council and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid. Along with tourism, the countries also signed the 6th MoU agreement to set up a bottled water plant in Hoarafushi.

The tourism development and the water plant falls under India’s High Impact Community Development Scheme. Under the scheme India assists Maldives in developing projects based on the needs of the communities of the islands.

India-Maldives

Maldives is located in the south of Lakshadweep islands. Also, Maldives is a neighbor. For its strategic location, it is important for India to develop cordial relations with the country. This will help India contain the increasing Chinese presence in the region. Milan is the multilateral naval exercise conducted between the countries. It is held in Andaman and Nicobar Islands