- Published on Monday, 23 April 2012 09:39
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Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Sagara is sailing for the Maldives to take part in the exercise “DOSTI – XI” held in the seas off Male from today upto 27th April 2012. The 5-day exercise is conducted jointly by Indian, Sri Lankan and Maldivian Coast Guards with the aim of strengthening bonds of friendship and enhancing mutual operational capability and cooperation. The exercise will focus on Maritime Search and Rescue, Marine Pollution Response and Boarding Operations.
Due to its geo-strategic significance, it is important for the Coast Guards of the three friendly countries to ensure the safety and security of the Indian Ocean for all sea-farers. The mutually beneficial exercise, therefore, will pay the way for launching coordinated efforts in times of crisis.
Representing the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Coast Guard Ships “Sankalp” and “Subhadra” take part while Maldivian Coast Guard Ships “Huravee”, “Ghazee” and “Shaheed Ali” of the Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) represent the Maldivian Coast Guard. The Sri Lanka Coast Guard participates for the first time and it is represented by SLNS Sagara of the Sri Lanka Navy.