India conducts drill with Lanka, Maldives on maritime security

India conducts drill with Lanka, Maldives on maritime security
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NEW DELHI: India sought to provide a leg-up to maritime security cooperation with Sri Lanka and Maldives with a joint exercise Sunday under the aegis of Colombo Security Conclave (CSC). The CSC Focused Operations are aimed at streamlining standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enhanced interoperability amongst the three navies, said the Indian high commission in Sri Lanka in a statement.

“The Tri Lateral Focused Operations, between India- Sri Lanka- Maldives commenced at Sea from 27-28 November 2021. The exercise under the aegis of Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) is a pioneering effort to collaborate efforts towards the Pillar of Maritime Security,” it said. The engagement had the platforms engage in coordinated maritime surveillance, search and rescue at sea, air tracking and to establish effective communication.

“The CSC was institutionalised during the 4th National Security Adviser Tri Lateral meeting in November last year and the Secretariat was established in Colombo in March 2021. Further, the CSC Deputy NSA’s meeting in August 2021, evolved actionable engagements to achieve greater understanding towards tackling common Security Challenges in the region,” said the Indian mission.

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