New Delhi. Indian Naval (IN) ship Sumedha, a Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV), has been deployed to undertake joint eclusive economic zone (EEZ) surveillance of Maldives from May 9 to 17 as part of Indian Navy’s ‘Mission Based Deployments’.
The ship would undertake an Operational Turnaround (OTR) at Male from May 11 to 12 during which it would interact and impart training to Maldives’ National Defence Forces (MNDF) personnel. Sumedha would also embark MNDF personnel onboard and undertake joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives from May 12 to 15. The MNDF personnel would be disembarked at Male on completion of the EEZ surveillance.
Two officers and eight sailors of the Indian Navy’s Marine Commando (MARCO) cadre are currently conducting the Second Asymmetric Warfare Training Exercise ‘Ekatha 2018’ at Maldives, from April 28 to May 15. The exercise is being held at Composite Training Centre, Maafilhafushi, which is about 145 km North of Male.
During the exercise training on various diving related issues including use and maintenance of diving equipment, medical emergencies, etc, are being imparted to MNDF personnel. The Indian Ambassador to Maldives also witnessed the training exercise on May 6 and 7. IN ship Sumedha would de-induct the IN MARCOs Training Team from Male on May 15.
The Joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives is an endeavour of the Government of India and the Indian Navy to ensure the safety and security of the vast EEZ of the island nation.