Maiden Indo-Vietnam Coast Guard Joint Exercise named "Sahyog HOP TAC -2018" was conducted in the Bay of Bengal, off Chennai between Indian and Vietnam Coast Guard. A total of three Indian Coast Guard ships namely, Shaurya, Arnvesh and C-431 besides on ICG Dornier and Chetak helicopter participated in the exercise. NIOT Vessel Sagar Manjusa also participated in the exercise being stakeholder in the Search and Rescue (SAR) organisation. The exercise focused towards acquainting the Coast Guards with each other's capabilities and strengthening their working level relationship to rescue lives at sea and further refine joint operation procedures.
The highlights of the exercise encompassed the scenario of the hijacking of an oil tanker and subsequent rescue of its crew in the coordinated anti-piracy joint operation of both the countries and preventive efforts for marine environment protection. Interdiction of Pirated vessel, coordinated joint Boarding operation SAR demonstration and external fire-fighting to salvage burning ships were the other highlights of the exercise. The exercise culminated with an impressive steam past by the ships and fly past by the aircraft wherein the crew of the participating units saluted the visiting VCG head and Eastern Seaboard Commander on board ICGS Shaurya at sea.
The coordinated joint exercise was witnessed by Major General Nguyen Van Son, Commandant Vietnam Coast Guard in addition to Additional Director General KR Nautiyal, Coast Guard Commander (Eastern Seaboard). The Joint exercise was conducted under the overall supervision of Inspector General Paramesh Sivamani, Commander Coast Guard Region (East).