The Indian Coast Guard ship Samudra Paheredar arrived in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Tuesday for a three-day visit that will include a joint search and rescue exercise with Vietnamese forces.
The ship, coded # 202, docked at Tien Sa Port at 9 am yesterday, with 122 crew members on board.
The Command of Vietnam Coast Guard in Zone 2 and authorities from Da Nang welcomed their guests at the port.
Upon arrival, the ship’s representatives paid courtesy visits to the Da Nang People’s Committee, the Command of Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) in Zone 2, the Command of Military Zone 5, and the Da Nang City Military Headquarters.
The Indian officers also showed representatives of the municipal government and the VCG around the ship.
The ship’s crewmembers will play a friendly volleyball match with officers and soldiers at the VCG Zone 2.
The Samudra Paheredar is also scheduled to take part in a search and rescue exercise with Vietnamese forces, during which crewmembers will use special equipment to control onboard pollution.
This is the third time that an Indian Coast Guard ship has visited Vietnam.
The visit is aimed at strengthening the friendship and mutual understanding and trust between Vietnam and India, contributing to promoting the strategic partnership between the two countries.
On June 4, 2013, four Indian Naval ships with about 1,200 officers and crewmembers on board arrived in Da Nang for a four-day visit to the central city.
Belonging to the Eastern Indian Fleet, which is headed by Rear Admiral Ajit Kumar, the ships included the Stealth Frigate INS Satpura (F48), Fleet Tanker INS Shakti (A57), Rajput Class Destroyer INS Ranvijay (D55), and Kora Class Corvette INS Kirch (P62).