In­dian war­ship Shardul vis­its Port Vic­to­ria

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

In a de­mon­stra­tion of In­dia’s com­mit­ment to its ties with Sey­chelles and to pro­mote mar­itime se­cu­rity in the In­dian Ocean re­gion, In­dian naval ship Shardul was at Port Vic­to­ria on a three­day visit. INS Shardul, an am­phibi­ous ship of the In­dian Navy, is cur­rently on a month-long de­ploy­ment in the South­ern In­dian Ocean in keep­ing with the vi­sion of SA­GAR – Se­cu­rity and Growth for All in the Re­gion. Ac­cord­ingly, the In­dian Navy will be pro­gress­ing mar­itime se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion with Sey­chelles Coast Guard (SCG) to­wards en­sur­ing a se­cure and sta­ble re­gional mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment for un­hin­dered eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.

INS Shardul’s visit was part of its mis­sion to carry out sur­veil­lance in the Sey­chelles EEZ with SCG per­son­nel em­barked on­board. Dur­ing the de­ploy­ment, INS Shardul would also as­sist lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in pro­vid­ing lo­gis­tics and med­i­cal sup­port to the outer is­lands of Sey­chelles. Calls on se­nior gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties, train­ing and tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion mea­sures with SCG, sport­ing and cul­tural in­ter­ac­tions, aimed at strength­en­ing ties and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two forces are also planned.

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