Indo-Japan Coast Guard exercise from January 15

Japanese Coast Guard ship ‘Echigo’ will reach Chennai coast on Monday for a joint exercise with the Indian Coast Guard in the Bay of Bengal on January 15 and 16.

A press release said the exercise, aimed at strengthening bilateral relationship, will involve simulated hijacking of merchant vessel and rescue through a join coast guard operation.

The drill would involve Operation of Indian Coast Guard helicopters from Japan ship, cross deck landing, interdiction of private vessel, cross boarding and external fire fighting. In addition, Indian Coast Guard ships and aircrafts will be demonstrating their prowess before a Japanese delegation.

Apart from the operation, a friendly volleyball match between the two forces would be organised on January 14.