ICG offshore Patrol vessel, ICGS Varaha made a port call at Maputo Port, Mozambique

Indian Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Varaha made a significant port call at Maputo Port, Mozambique on 14 February 2024.

ICG offshore Patrol vessel, ICGS Varaha made a port call at Maputo Port, Mozambique

This is considered to be part of ongoing strategic overseas deployment to East Africa marking a remarkable diplomatic approach towards maritime engagement. The visit is for three days where ICGS Varaha will participate in a series of professional interactions in the fields of Marine Pollution Response (MPR), Maritime Law Enforcement, and Maritime Search and Rescue ( M-SAR).

The visit of ICGS Varaha, an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel to East African countries also aims to showcase Indian shipbuilding industry prowess and capabilities to strengthen the concept of Aatmnirbhar Bharat.

 

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The collaborative efforts aim to further strengthen the ties between the Indian Coast Guard and their counterparts in Mozambique. Before this visit, ICGS Varaha had made port calls to Mombasa, Kenya, demonstrating a seamless continuation of diplomatic maritime engagements in the African region.

The visit holds great significance as it fosters bilateral relationships with key maritime agencies. The deployment of ICGS Varaha to East Africa exemplifies India's potential source to boost warm and cordial relations with African countries. The goal is to promote friendly relationships through maritime cooperation aligning with the long-term maritime vision of the SAGAR initiative by the government of India.

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