PH, India carry out maritime drills

Philippines and India coast guards conducted a bilateral maritime exercise off the vicinity waters of Manila Bay on December 5.

“Both agencies simulated drills involving search and rescue scenarios to enhance their capabilities in communications while conducting missions,” the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Shurya participated in the said event.

PCG photo

Shurya arrived on December 1 at Philippine Coast Guard Surface Support Force in Manila. Shurya is the fifth in the series of six 105-meter Samarth-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) Flight I of the ICG. She was commissioned in August 2017.

PCG’s San Juan-class patrol vessel BRP Pampanga, Parola-class patrol vessel BRP Sindangan also took part in the exercise.