Indian coast guard ship Samudra Paheredar in Manila

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The Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Paheredar

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) welcomed the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship, Samudra Paheredar, which arrived in Manila on Monday, March 25, 2024, for a three-day port visit at Pier 15, South Harbor.

The Indian Coast Guard Ship personnel
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India External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar with H.E. Ambassador Shambhu Kumaran of the Embassy of India with the Indian Coast Guard Ship officials and personnel

The ICG ship, with 25 National Cadet Corps members on board, was welcomed by PCG personnel in a ceremonial ship docking. The purpose of the visit is to showcase their expertise in marine pollution response capabilities at sea, search and rescue operations, and other activities aimed at addressing shared concerns in the maritime environment.

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India External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar read out his message
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H.E. Ambassador Shambu Kumaran of the Embassy of India

ICGS Samudra Paheredar is designed for containing, recovering, and dispersing oil spills, followed by transporting the recovered oil for further disposal. It will conclude its Philippine stop on March 28 and head to other ASEAN countries, including Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Embassy of India's Counsellor on Economics and Trade Dr. Sadre Alam and First Secretary Kannan Chockalingam
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Don Mclain Gill of De La Salle University and Deputy Defence Attaché Col. Michel Midon of the French Embassy

The ship, built by M/S ABG Shipyard in Surat, India, is based at Visakhapatnam on the Eastern Seaboard of India, under the Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (East). The occasion was graced by the Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar, who is on an official visit to the Philippines from March 25 to 27, 2024.

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H.E. Ambassador Endo Kazuya of the Embassy of Japan, H.E. Ambassador Marykay Carlson of the US Embassy and H.E. Ambassador Dato' Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino of the Embassy of Malaysia
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H.E. Ambassador Marat Pavlov Ambassador of the Embassy of the Russian Federation
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Department of Foreign Affairs Usec. Antonio A. Morales
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H.E. Ambassador Lai Thai Binh of the Embassy of Vietnam