INS Sumedha deployed in Maldives for EEZ surveillance
Team India Sentinels Friday 11th of May 2018 01:36 PM
The Indian Navy has deployed its Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Sumedha to provide Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance support in Maldives.
The vessel will undertake joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives till May 17 as part of Indian Navy’s ‘Mission Based Deployments’.
The ship would undertake an Operational Turnaround (OTR) at Male during which the ship would interact and impart training to Maldives’ National Defence Forces (MNDF) personnel, the Indian Navy said.
INS Sumedha would also embark MNDF personnel onboard and undertake joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives. The MNDF personnel would disembark at Male, on completion of the EEZ surveillance.
Two officers and eight sailors of the Indian Navy’s Marine Commando (MARCO) cadre are currently conducting the 2nd Asymmetric Warfare Training Exercise ‘Ekatha 2018’ at Maldives, from April 28 Apr-May 15.
The exercise is being held at Composite Training Centre, Maafilhafushi, which is about 145 km North of Male.
During the exercise training on various diving related issues including use and maintenance of diving equipment, medical emergencies are being imparted to MNDF personnel.
The Joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives is an endeavour of the Indian Government and the Navy to ensure the safety and security of the vast EEZ of the island nation.