The Indian Coast Guard ship Samudra Paheredar, a specialized Pollution Control Vessel, began its three-day visit to Manila Bay, Philippines, on March 25, 2024. This visit demonstrates India’s marine pollution response capabilities and emphasizes shared concerns about marine pollution in the ASEAN region while enhancing bilateral cooperation with the Philippine Coast Guard. The ship is part of India’s deployment to ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei, from March 25 to April 12, 2024. It will make port calls in Manila, Ho Chi Minh, and Muara, showcasing its pollution control equipment and Chetak Helicopter configured for pollution response. Additionally, 25 National Cadet Corps cadets are participating in beach cleanup activities. This visit strengthens relationships with key maritime agencies and aligns with India’s maritime vision of “SAGAR” and the concept of “Atmanirbhar Bharat.” The Samudra Paheredar, stationed in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, under Deputy Inspector General Sudhir Ravindran’s command, has played a crucial role in various Coast Guard operations, including pollution response and search and rescue missions.

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