Indian Naval Ship, INS Sharda and Coast Guard Ship, ICGS Varuna, will arrive in Male’ harbour tomorrow for training purposes, according to a statement from the Indian High Commission in Male’.
“INS Sharda is the sixth of the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) acquired by the Indian Navy and the third to be indigenously built. INS Sharda is a versatile platform capable of undertaking a wide variety of missions such as coastal and offshore patrolling, protection of off shore installation/ EEZ, Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) Monitoring and providing Logistics Support to the littoral territories of India in the Arabian Sea,” read a statement from the High Commission.
“ICGS Varuna is a multi-role vessel capable of operating under all weather conditions. Equipped with state of the art Navigation and Communication aids, armed with 2A42 30mm Medak Gun and empowered by an integral flight of Chetak helicopter, she is capable of meeting all the challenges while enforcing maritime regulations in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ),” the statement continued.
During the visit, the ships will also be carrying spares and equipment for the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)’s Advanced Light Helicopter, Dhruv’, renamed “Kurangi”, which is stationed in Addu.
“The helicopter was gifted by the Indian Government to the MNDF in 2010 and is operated by an Indian Coast Guard contingent, denotes the robust military cooperation between the two nations,” the statement concluded.