New Delhi, May 14: Under Mission SAGAR IX, Indian Naval Ship Gharial in South West Indian Ocean, called at Port Victoria in Seychelles from May 11 to May 14. The naval ship delivered saluting guns and ammunition as well as a 15 m Waver Rider Patrol Boat to the island nation.
Following up on the proposal received from the govt of Seychelles earlier, INS Gharial delivered three ceremonial Saluting Guns, with ammunition to the Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF). These were formally presented by Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retd), High Commissioner of India to Seychelles to Brigadier Michael Rosette, the Chief of Defence (CDF), SDF in a solemn ceremony held onboard INS Gharial on May 13 May.
Besides, INS Gharial also transshipped one 15 m Wave Rider Patrol Boat, sourced by Seychelles from Colombo and was handed over to Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF). During the stay of the Ship at Seychelles, the Indian Navy facilitated training of SDF personnel in domain specific maritime disciplines. The Indian navy also notified that coming close to the recent official visit of Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, to Seychelles from Apr 21 - Apr 23, the activities undertaken during the port call of INS Gharial, amply demonstrate the commitment of Indian Navy in making positive contribution to capacity building and capability enhancement efforts of the Seychelles Defence Forces.
Before calling at Port Victoria, the ship had also visited Colombo and Male to deliver essential medical supplies. Successive deployments of the Indian Navy under Mission SAGAR are aligned with the vision of Security And Growth for All in the Region and strengthen the concept of ‘Collective Responsibility’ for maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.