Sahyog HOP TAC -2018: First India-Vietnam Coast Guards exercise held in Bay of Bengal

The maiden joint exercise of Coast Guards of India and Vietnam “Sahyog HOP TAC -2018” was held in the Bay of Bengal off the Chennai coast, Tamil Nadu. It was aimed at strengthening the working level relationship between coast guards of both navies.

The exercise was aimed at acquainting coast guards of both countries with each other’s’ capabilities and strengthening the working-level relationship to rescue lives at sea. It encompassed scenario of the hijacking of an oil tanker and subsequent rescue of its crew in coordinated anti-piracy joint operation as well as preventive efforts for marine environment protection.

Moreover, it also included interdiction of pirated vessels, coordinated joint boarding operation and external fire-fighting to salvage burning ships. From the Indian side, Coast Guard ships Shaurya, Arnvesh and in receptor boat C-431 along with Dornier aircraft and Chetak helicopter participated in the joint exercise. It also saw the participation of Sagar Manjusa vessel of National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT).

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