Indian Coast Guard and Australian Border Force “forging stronger ties”

26 November 2019 I India and Australia are forging stronger and closer ties in the sphere of maritime law enforcement as India-built Shaurya brings 110 Indian Coast Guard (ICG) officers and sailors to Darwin.

The 105 metre long Shaurya is one of the latest generation offshore patrol vessels which was built by India “to significantly bolster its coast guard fleet in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks”.

The offshore patrol vessel’s visit to Australia represents a new level of collaboration between the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the ICG, a press statement by ABF said yesterday.

Darwin hosts joint Australian Border Force (ABF) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) exercises I Photo Courtesy: ABF

Commander MBC, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard said that the two countries have significant shared interests as Indian Ocean neighbours.

“ICGS Shaurya’s visit is an important event to strengthen cooperation and support our common goal to ensure safety and security across our maritime domain,” he said.

“We look forward to the successful exchange of expertise between officers on this occasion as well as future collaboration to reinforce our commitment to combating shared civil maritime security threats,” he further added.

The arrival of ICGS Shaurya is being regarded as a significant step up in the relationship between the ABF and ICG. The visit of the Indian coast guards provides an opportunity for the two Commonwealth nations to build upon the foundation laid during previous reciprocal visits, ABF said.

The impressive vessel of the Indian Coast Guard will welcome visitors on November 28 at Fort Hill Wharf in Darwin.

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