The five day India-Maldives-Sri Lanka Joint Coast Guard exercise – DOSTI XI is currently being held off the coast of Male (Maldives) from 23-27 April 2012. The bi-annual India-Maldives DOSTI exercises was originally started in 1991 with the objective of
strengthening co-operation between Indian and Maldivian Coast Guards with a view to enhancing mutual capabilities for search and rescue operations, combating piracy and armed robbery, damage control and casualty evacuation at sea for safer seas. The present
expansion of the Joint training exercises to include Sri Lanka from 2012 onwards marks an important milestone in the evolution of the DOSTI exercises.
DOSTI-XI exercises would aim to strengthen the bonds of friendship and enhance the mutual operational capability and cooperation between the forces of the three participating countries and would focus on Maritime Search and Rescue, Marine Pollution Response
and Boarding Operations. In this round of exercises, two Indian Coast Guard Ships - ICGS SANKALP and ICGS SUBHADRA and an ICG Dornier Aircraft would take part along with three Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) Coast Guard vessels - HURAVEE, GHAZEE and
SHAHEED ALI from the Maldivian side and an offshore patrol vessel - SLNS SAGARA from the Sri Lankan Navy.
April 24, 2012