Indian Navy’s amphibious ship INS Shardul has reached Mauritius on Tuesday to assist the island country to marine patrol its waters.
The ship is currently on a month-long deployment in the southern Indian Ocean, Business Standard reported Tuesday.
The Indian Navy will be progressing maritime security cooperation with Mauritius National Coast Guard (NCG) towards ensuring a secure and stable regional maritime environment for unhindered economic development in the region," said the Indian Navy.
He added this was in keeping with the vision of SAGAR - Security and Growth for All in the Region.
INS Shardul's visit is part of its mission to carry out surveillance in the Mauritius Exclusive Economic Zone with National Coast Guard (NCG) commandos from Mauritius onboard.
During the current deployment, it also escorted MCGS Victory, a ship built at Goa Shipyard Ltd, India and handed over to the NCG on September 26.
The ship, which has Commander Abhishek Kumar at its helm, would also assist local authorities in providing logistics and medical support to the outer islands of Agalega and St Brandon.
Calls on senior government and military authorities, training and technical cooperation measures with NCG, sporting and cultural interactions are all planned with an aim to strengthen ties and mutual understanding between the two forces.
Since 2009, the Indian Navy has been deploying ships to Mauritius bi-annually to assist in patrolling the vast EEZ of the country based on a request by its government.
The last such deployment was by INS Trikand in July. Further, ships of the Western Fleet had visited Port Louis in September, during their deployment to the Western Indian Ocean.