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India, Vietnam Hold Maiden Joint Drill In Bay Of Bengal

A Vietnam Coast Guard ship on its maiden visit in Chennai undertook joint exercises with the Indian Coast Guard off the city coast on Thursday, aimed at strengthening the working level relationship between them.

"Coast Guard ships Shaurya, Arnvesh and inreceptor boat C-431 along with a Dornier aircraft and Chetak helicopter participated in the joint exercise -'Sahyog HOP TAC-2018", an official press release said.

The exercise was aimed at acquainting the coast guards of the two countries with each others' capabilities and strengthening the working level relationship to rescue lives at sea.

The highlight of the exercise was a scenario of hijacking an oil ship and subsequent rescue of its crew in the coordinated joint operation of both the countries.

The exercise was conducted under the supervision of Inspector General Paramesh Sivamani Commander Coast Guard Eastern region and was witnessed by Vietnam Coast Guard Commandant Major General Nguyen Van Son, the release added.

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