High-level Meeting Convened between Indian and Vietnamese Coast Guards

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High-level Meeting Convened between Indian and Vietnamese Coast Guards

Image Attribute: A high-level meeting between Coast Guards of India and Vietnam was held at Indian Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi on October 1, 2018. / Source: ICG's twitter handle.

Image Attribute: A high-level meeting between Coast Guards of India and Vietnam was held at Indian Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi on October 1, 2018. / Source: ICG's twitter handle.

On October 1, 2018, a high-level meeting between Coast Guards of India and Vietnam was held at Indian Coast Guard Headquarters under the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2015 for the "Establishment of Collaborative Relationship to Combat Transnational Crime and Develop Mutual Cooperation".

Director General Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Rajendra Singh led the Indian side while Commandant, Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG - Cảnh sát biển Việt Nam) Major General Nguyen VanSon led a six-member Vietnamese delegation.

During the meeting both sides agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation in accordance with the provisions of MoU. Sharing of best management practices and augmenting operational level interaction were also agreed upon.

Relations between the two Coast Guards go back a long way with ICG ships visiting Vietnam for professional interactions since 2001. This meeting is in continuation of the efforts by the governments of the two countries to enhance cooperation between the Coast Guards in the field of maritime safety and security at sea.

The Commandant along with delegation will be traveling to Chennai to take part in the welcome ceremony of the first Vietnam Coast Guard Ship to India and also participate in the joint exercise scheduled off Chennai on October 04, 2018. The VCG ship CSB 8001/"DN 2000" (IMO 9612090) is scheduled to arrive Chennai tomorrow (October 2) for professional interaction and participating in the joint exercise. The ship, 90m in length, 14m in width and 7m in height, is one of the VCG’s biggest ships and can sail at 21 nautical miles (nm) per hour. Besides, it also has a landing platform for a Kamov Ka-28 naval helicopter.

Image Attribute: The file photo of VCG ship CSB 8001/"DN 2000" (IMO 9612090)

Image Attribute: The file photo of VCG ship CSB 8001/"DN 2000" (IMO 9612090) 


The meeting is being considered to be significant in providing added impetus to the already existing professional relationship between the Coast Guard of India and Vietnam.

Source: Press Information Bureau, India