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"MARITIME TRAINING FOR TOMORROW" FOUR INDIAN NAVAL SHIPS COME CALLING AT PORT LOUIS - OCTOBER 2013

India and Mauritius have a long standing and multifaceted defence cooperation, and the Indian Navy has deployed ships for surveillance, anti- piracy patrol and training of personnel of the National Coast Guard/Mauritius Police Force on a regular basis. Since Dec 2009, Indian Naval ships have carried out more than 320 days of dedicated and tailor-made joint surveillance missions in the EEZ of Mauritius with Mauritius Police Force.

2. CGS Barracuda, the Mauritian Offshore Patrol Vessel, is likely to be commissioned into the Mauritian Police Force/NCG by September 2014. Indian Naval support and involvement in construction and monitoring of CGS Barracuda project was discussed during the visit of Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi, Chief of the Indian Naval Staff in February 2013. During the discussions, continued Indian Naval assistance in training of NCG personnel to man this high technology platform and other planned inductions for the National Coast Guard was sought from the Government of India. To further the training of NCG personnel in various areas, for the forthcoming bi-annual deployment for the EEZ surveillance and anti piracy patrol, Indian Navy has deputed the 1st Training Squadron comprising four ships, including the Sail Training Ship to visit Mauritius. The four visiting ships are INS Sharda, INS Gharial, INS Tarangini and ICGS Varuna.

3. The training squadron is one of its kind in the Indian Ocean Region and will, in addition to EEZ surveillance, anti piracy patrol, outer Island support missions and technical assistance to NCG; 'Flag Off' the phased crew training of the MOPV, CGS Barracuda. Indian Navy has deployed INS Tarangini, the Sail Training ship on a special request from Government of Mauritius. This will go a long way in generating maritime culture in the students and general public alike and would provide useful onboard exposure to the personnel of MPF.

4. The ships are being deployed in Mauritian waters from 24 Sep till 24 Oct 2013. They will undertake the following tailor-made operational, training and ops-logistical missions with MPF/NCG:-

Operational/Ops-logistic Missions

  • Joint EEZ Surveillance and anti-Piracy patrol with MPF/NCG/ Dept of Fisheries.
  • Outer Island Support to St. Brandon and Agalega which will include :-
  • Conduct of Medical Camp.
  • Transportation of men and material.
  • Critical Technical assistance for CSRS.
  • Support to OIDC.
  • Transportation of material and personnel for new NCG/MPF post at Ile du Sud/ St. Brandon for enhanced vigil.
  • Contribution of critical provisions and fresh water to NCG, St Brandon.
  • PASSEX - Operational sea training exercise for NCG/MPF personnel on anti-piracy, law enforcement at sea, Commando operations, helo operations and pollution control, with IN ships. NCG ships, aircraft, commandos, boats along with PHS helicopter will participate in the exercise.
  • Pollution Response Exercise.

Training

  • Harbour Training for NCG/MPF/ National Oil Spill Containment Team personnel on following facets of maritime operations and law enforcement at sea:-
  • Initial Phase of training for crew of CGS Barracuda and other NCG ships.
  • Fire fighting / Damage control.
  • Weapon handling, maintenance and firing.
  • Pollution Response Training.
  • Radar / Navigation equipment training for CSRS operators.
  • Bridge/Engine Room / Electrical Switch Board watch keeping training.
  • Familiarisation of Trainee Police Constables on seaborne operations.
  • Sea Training for NCG/MPF personnel on following facets of maritime operations and law enforcement at sea:-
  • Onboard sea training for crew of CGS Barracuda and other NCG ships.
  • Bridge/Engine Room / Electrical Switch Board watch keeping training.
  • Familiarisation of NCG ships' crew towards prolonged deployments in EEZ of Mauritius.


27 September 2013

 
 
 


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