Chennai: As part of strengthening their working
level relationship and refine operating procedures, Indian
Coast Guard and its Japanese counterpart on Sunday conducted a
joint exercise `Sahyog Kaijin XI` off Chennai port.
Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General of the
Indian Coast Guard and Admiral Hisayasu Suzuki, Commandant of
the Japan Coast Guard witnessed the exercises.
Eight Coast Guard ships, two interceptor boats, an equal
number of hovercrafts besides three Dornier aircraft and three
Chetak helicopters took part in the exercise with the Japanese
Coast Guard Ship Settsu (PLH-07).
A Singapore delegation from `Regional Co-operation
Agreement to Combat piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea in Asia`
also witnessed the exercise, a release said.
The exercise was part of the ongoing series of joint
exercises based on memorandum of co-operation between Indian
Coast Guard and Japanese Coast Guard in 2006.