Indian Coast Guard Ship on overseas deployment to ASEAN, arrives in Philippines

Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar, a specialized Pollution Control Vessel, reached Manila, Philippines on Monday, marking the commencement of its (overseas deployment) OSD mission to Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) countries.

ASEAN countries includes Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam,” according United States Trade Representative office statement.

With 25 National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets embarked onboard, for the OSD mission and contributing to expanding the reach of the Puneet Sagar Abhiyan, internationally.

Prior to this, Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Samudra Prahari’, a specialized Pollution Control Vessel, is on an overseas deployment to ASEAN countries as part of India’s initiatives for Marine Pollution Response, the Ministry of Defence stated.

The ship is on overseas deployment from September 11 to October 14, 2023.

“This deployment is part of India’s ASEAN initiatives for marine pollution response, showcasing the pollution response capabilities of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and its commitment to addressing marine pollution issues and enhancing capacity in the region,” the Ministry stated in a release.

As part of an overseas exchange program, the ship has embarked 13 NCC cadets to participate in “Puneet Sagar Abhiyan,” an international outreach program focused on beach clean-ups and similar activities in coordination with partner nations.