Friday, November 9, 2012

Philippine, Indian Coast Guards conduct joint exercise

From the Sun Star (Nov 9): Philippine, Indian Coast Guards conduct joint exercise

An Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessel has arrived in Manila for a five-day goodwill visit, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Friday. The ship SAMRAT, meaning "Emperor," arrived in Manila on Thursday and its personnel will be having several training activities with its counterparts in the Philippine Coast Guard. "The training will include an anti-piracy exercise which will be headed by the Commander of Coast Guard Fleet in coordination with Non-Resident Defense Attaché, High Commission of India and ICG SAMRAT. The visit will also include sports activities to further foster a strong working and personal bond between the Indian Coast Guard and the Philippine Coast Guard," the agency said. ICG SAMRAT is an advance offshore patrol vessel designed and built indigenously by M/S Goa Shipyard Limited, India, and was commissioned on January 21, 2012. It has an overall length of 105 meters with 2,300 gross tonnages and maximum speed of 25 knots. The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), high power with extended range External Fire Fighting System, Deluge System and two indigenously built medium range 30 mm Gun Mounts with remote control firing provisions. The “Infra Red Surveillance System” installed on board is an additional capability for the ship’s crew to detect targets during dark hours. The ship is based at Mumbai and is currently commanded by DIG Mukesh Purohit, TM.

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