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New Delhi [India], September 21 (ANI): The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Pollution-Control Vessel'Samudra Prahari' carried out a comprehensive Pollution Response Table-Top Exercise and Demonstration at Khlong Toei Port in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 20, 2023, the final day of its four-day visit. The exercise was carried out to address shared challenges, particularly marine pollution. The exercise involved personnel from Thailand's Maritime Enforcement Coordination Centre (MECC), Customs Department, Marine Department, Royal Navy, Fisheries Department and other government officials, according to a press release by the Ministry of Defence. As per the press release, The exercise involved a scenario that devised and tested Thailand's Maritime Pollution Response contingency plan in collaboration with the ICG. It fostered knowledge sharing and an interactive environment among the services, ensuring seamless cooperation during real-life oil pollution scenarios. The exercise demonstrated ICG's pollution response capabilities and India's shared commitment towards the region. Ahead of the exercise, a joint yoga session was conducted on the helo deck of the ship, involving embassy officials and Thai-MECC representatives. The participants were enlightened about the significance of incorporating Yoga into their daily lives, emphasising its unifying power and numerous benefits.

During the visit, the ship's crew, along with National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets and representatives from the Embassy of India actively engaged in an international outreach beach clean-up activity at Pattaya Beach. The initiative was part of the Puneet Sagar Abhiyan, a nationwide flagship campaign of NCC to clean sea shores of plasticother waste materials while raising awareness about the importance of cleanliness. The activity saw the collaboration of local Thai youth organisations in promoting environmental responsibility.

Commanding Officer DIG GD Raturi also held a meeting with the Director General of the Office of Policy and Plans Rear Admiral Wichnu Thupa-ang at Thai-MECC Headquarters. Both the leaders discussed growing relations between India and Thailand in the field of maritime safety and security.

The visit of'Samudra Prahari' to Bangkok under the India- ASEAN initiative marks a significant milestone in elevating the ties between the ICG and Thai MECC in the maritime domain and highlighting India as a dependable maritime partner, in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of SAGAR (SecurityGrowth for All in the Region) and the theme of India's G20 Presidency 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - One Earth, One Family, One Future'.

The India-ASEAN Initiative of Overseas Deployment was announced by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh during the ASEAN Defence Ministers Plus meeting in Cambodia in November 2022. (ANI)

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