The Coast Guards of India and Japan on 15 January 2016 conducted their 15th joint exercise off the coast of Chennai.
India’s Coast Guard vessel Samudra Pehredar and the Japanese vessel Echigo were berthed at Chennai Port for the bilateral training called Sahyog-Kaijin 2016.
The highlight of the joint exercise was anti-piracy. However, search and rescue operations and interoperability between the two forces was also given emphasis.
The exercise also involved Indian coast guard ships like Rajkamal, Vishwast, Rajtarang, Hovercraft, C-415, C-417, one Dornier and one Chetak helicopter.
• The Sahayog-Kaijin is a bilateral exercise, which is a part of the cooperative arrangements between two Coast Guards for the last 15 years.
• The exercise is also a part of the Memorandum on Cooperation, which was signed between India and Japan in 2006.
• It is a biennial bilateral exercise and the venue shifts in both countries on alternate occasions.
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Who: India and Japan
When: 15 January 2016