India dispatches warship to Maldives for joint surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zone

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Sun May 13, 2018 3:47 am

In an indication of a slight upswing in bilateral military ties after a distinct chill, India has dispatched a warship to Maldives to undertake joint surveillance and patrol of the archipelago’s sprawling Exclusive Economic Zone.

Two officers and eight sailors from the Indian Navy’s elite marine commandoes wing are also currently at Maafilhafushi in Maldives, which is 145 km north of Male, to train its personnel in diving and tactics under the second such asymmetric warfare training exercise called “Ekatha” from April 28 to May 15.

“It is an endeavor of the Indian government and Navy to ensure safety and security of the vast EEZ of the island nation,” said Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma on Friday.

Offshore patrol vessel INS Sumedha will undertake an operational turn-around at Male on May 11-12, which will involve training and embarkation of some personnel from the Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF). The warship will then undertake the joint EEZ surveillance from May 12 to 15.

Bilateral ties between the two countries had soured after Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on February 5 declared emergency in the archipelago following an order by the country's Supreme Court to release a group of opposition leaders convicted in widely criticized trials.

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