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In a first, the navies of India and Madagascar undertake joint patrolling of Madagascar’s EEZ

Posted on: March 24, 2021 | Back | Print

INS Shardul and Malagasy Naval Ship Trozona undertook Joint Patrol of Madagascar’s Exclusive Economic Zone today and participated in PASSEX. 
The first ever Joint Patrol between the navies of India and Madagascar reflect the growing defence ties between the two Indian Ocean neighbours aimed at the common objective of ensuring maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.
A 4-member delegation led by H.E. Major General Léon Jean Richard RAKOTONIRINA, Minister of National Defence, Republic of Madagascar had visited India from 3rd-5th February 2021 to participate in the Aero India 2021 and IOR Defence Ministers Conclave at Bengaluru.
Indian Naval Ship Shardul had arrived at port of Antsiranana, Madagascar on 21st March 2021 for Overseas Deployment of training squadron headed by Captain Aftab Ahmed Khan. 

Owing to prevailing Covid 19 situation, the port call was conducted through virtual conferences with officials of Madagascar Armed Forces on 23rd March 2021. 

The interaction between the Base Commander and Senior Officer, 1st Training Squadron was conducted on jetty following requisite COVID protocols.

India remains committed to further strengthening its partnership with Madagascar that aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region) for the Indian Ocean Region.