A High Level Meeting between Indian Coast
Guard (ICG) and Japan Coast Guard (JCG) was held at Coast Guard Headquarters,
New Delhi on January 15 under the provisions of the Memorandum of Cooperation
(MoC) signed between the two agencies in 2006.
The Indian delegation was led by ICG
Director General Rajendra Singh while KCG was led by its Commandant Admiral
Satoshi Nakajima in the meeting. It focused on augmenting the operational level
interaction and capacity building in areas of search and rescue, pollution
response and maritime law enforcement.
Relations between the two Coast Guards go
back a long way with Coast guard ships of India calling on ports in Japan for
professional interactions since 2000. This meeting and visit is in continuation
of the efforts by the governments of the two countries to enhance cooperation
between the two Coast Guards in the field of maritime safety and security at
During the meeting, both sides agreed to
strengthen the mutual cooperation in accordance with the provisions of the MoC.
Sharing of best management practices and continuation of personnel exchange
were agreed upon during the meeting.
Japan Coast Guard Ship Tsugaru has arrived
at Chennai on January 12 for participating in the joint exercise that is
scheduled on January 17 y. Both the Director General of Indian Coast guards and
the Commander Japanese Coast Guards will be travelling to Chennai to oversee
the Joint exercise.
The meeting was
significant in providing added impetus to the already existing professional
relationship between the Coast Guards of India and Japan.