Strengthening Regional Maritime Ties: ICGS Samudra Prahari’s Deployment to ASEAN

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The Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Prahari is currently on a mission to ASEAN nations from September 11th to October 14th, 2023. This deployment is part of India’s initiatives for Marine Pollution Response, showcasing the Indian Coast Guard’s capabilities in tackling marine pollution challenges and strengthening regional capacity. Equipped with a Chetak Helicopter configured for Pollution Response, the ship’s mission was announced by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh during the ASEAN Defence Minister Meeting Plus in November 2022.

During its overseas deployment, the ship will make port calls in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, and Jakarta, demonstrating the Indian Coast Guard’s prowess in pollution response and commitment to collaborative efforts in addressing marine pollution challenges. As part of an international exchange program, the ship has welcomed 13 NCC cadets who are actively participating in beach clean-ups and similar activities in coordination with partner nations.

The visit holds immense significance in strengthening bilateral ties with key maritime agencies, including the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre and BAKAMLA (Indonesia Maritime Security Agency). Engagements with senior officials and personnel from these agencies will contribute to enhancing regional safety and security. The visit’s agenda includes professional exchanges, joint maneuvers, and capacity-building activities.

This deployment aligns with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of fostering unity within the region through maritime cooperation and resonates with the Indian government’s theme during its G20 Presidency of “One Earth, One Family, One Future.”

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