Trilateral Coast Guard Exercise By India

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25 November 2021 Current Affairs:The 15th session of the biennial trilateral coast guard exercise ‘Dosti’ is being held in the Maldives by India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

Highlights:

  • The Dosti Trilateral Coast Guard Exercise will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2021.
  • The drill began on November 20 and will be completed on November 25.
  • ICGS Apoorva and ICGS Vajra of the Indian Coast Guard joined the SLCGS Suraksha of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard during the five-day drill.
  • The tri-lateral exercise ‘Dosti’ was organised with the goal of strengthening friendships, increasing cooperation between the three nations’ coast guards, and improving mutual operational capacity and exercising interoperability. 
  • The Maldives and Sri Lanka are strategically important to India and its maritime security interests, hence this exercise is essential for India.
  • The inaugural Dosti Coast Guard Exercise took place in 1991. Previously, these drills were bilateral, including the Indian and Maldives coast guards.
  • For the first time, Sri Lanka took part in these drills in 2012. It has since evolved into a trilateral exercise.
  • These exercises cover a wide range of topics. Such cooperation is beneficial in the event of a marine catastrophe or an environmental disaster such as an oil leak. 
  • These drills aid in the development of a better understanding of other countries coast guards. It will also aid in improving coordination between missions.

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