Ho Chi Minh City August 27, 2015 - Sarang, the Samar-class patrol vessel of the Indian Coast Guard, captained by Commodore Naresh Kumar Kaul, anchored in Ho Chi Minh City Port, starting its five-day friendly visit to Vietnam.
At a reception for the ship, Senior Colonel Le Xuan Thanh, Commander of the Region 3 Coast Guard, welcomed the Indian Commodore and 140 crewmembers and wished the guest a successful visit to Vietnam.
The Vietnamese officer said that the visit would contribute to strengthening the fruitful cooperation between the two countries’ coast guard forces.
For his part, the Indian captain hoped to learn experience from the Vietnamese side through the visit and several exchanges with the Region 3 Coast Guard. He also believed that the cooperation between the two coast guard forces would ensure safer waters for seafarers and clean, environmentally friendly waters.
During their visit to Vietnam, the Indian guests will lay wreaths at the monument dedicated to President Ho Chi Minh, pay a courtesy visit to leaders of Ho Chi Minh City, Military Zone 7, the Vietnam Coast Guard Command, and visit the Region 3 Coast Guard Command and some historical relics and beautiful sceneries in the city.
They will also have a ‘sandbox’ exercise, exchange experience on law enforcement at sea, as well as conduct a search and rescue exercise with the Vietnam Coast Guard force.
This is the fifth time the Indian Coast Guard has sent its ship to visit Vietnam. The Sarang ship, 201m in length and 11.5m in width, has a displacement of 3.4m and weighs 2,000 tonnes. The ship is equipped with a Chetak helicopter and other weapons.
The Coast Guard forces of Vietnam and India are determined to expand and deepen their ties. They inked a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation on cross-border crime prevention and control and development of joint cooperation fields in May 2015, and are proactively driving the implementation of it.