Kolkata: The maiden Indo-Bangla Joint exercise has commenced on Tuesday at Coast Guard Regional Head Qurter, Kolkata.
Commander Mohammad Radwan and Lt Commander Fariduzzaman from the Bangladesh Coast Guard are taking part in the exercise aimed at bolstering Indo-Bangla joint search and rescue operations in the Bay of Bengal.
“The Bay of Bengal is a hotspot of maritime trade and ships of both countries are at risk. A strong SAR setup is the need of the hour” said IG Kuldip Singh Sheoran, the Coast Guard Regional Commander (NE).
The two day exercise will take the participants through a dummy Mass Rescue Operation in the bay. SAR at sea is a complex mechanism involving many stake holders and Foreign Nations. From Rescue to Medical Aid, From Media Management to Immigration and inter stake holder joint operation challenges, this exercise will give the participants a real feel of the challenges involved.
The Indian Coast Guard and the Bangladesh Coast Guard have signed a MOU in 2015 and established SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) in Apr 2017. Several High Level diplomatic visits of DG Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard have also taken place in last few years. “The iconic Indo-Bangla SAR operation in Aug 2016 where more than 300 lives were saved showcases the synergy and co-ordination of both the forces” said Commander Mohammad Radwan of Bangladesh Coast Guard who is also participating in this two day exercise.