Ex­tended reach of ICG ship Sankalp’s maiden voy­age to Aus­tralia

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

In­dian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sankalp, the ad­vanced off­shore pa­trol ves­sel (OPV) un­der­took the over­seas de­ploy­ment of 32 days to Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralia and In­done­sia as part of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion through ex­change of in­for­ma­tion and bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises.

For the first time ever, an In­dian Coast Guard ship made a port call at Dar­win, Aus­tralia, on a five-day visit to fur­ther strengthen the ex­pand­ing mar­itime co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two na­tions. Dur­ing the stay at Dar­win, ICG in­ter­acted with Aus­tralian Cus­toms & Bor­der Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion Com­mand.

The ship was wel­comed by Scott Mor­ri­son MP, Min­is­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion, Aus­tralia. While wel­com­ing the ship to Aus­tralian wa­ters, the Min­is­ter said that Aus­tralia and In­dia have a ma­ture mar­itime se­cu­rity re­la­tion­ship, which will be strength­ened by the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the joint frame­work for se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott.

The visit by ICG ship share a common in­ter­est in com­bat­ing other mar­itime threats in the re­gion, search and res­cue, marine pol­lu­tion, transna­tional crime, il­le­gal for­eign fish­ing and demon­strates the deep­en­ing and ex­pand­ing mar­itime se­cu­rity re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two na­tions.

ICGS Sankalp was com­mis­sioned in 2008. The ves­sel is in­dige­nously built by the Goa Ship­yard Limited and equipped with state-of-the-art nav­i­ga­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment. The ship is 105-me­ter-long with en­durance of 6,500 nau­ti­cal mile is an ideal plat­form for ex­tended de­ploy­ment at sea to­wards SAR, mar­itime law en­force­ment, EEZ surveil­lance and mar­itime pol­lu­tion re­sponse mis­sion.

The ship has com­ple­ment of 11 of­fi­cers and 100 sailors, and is be­ing com­manded by Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral M.V. Pathak.

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