The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) Ship KCG Badaro (3011) arrived at the Port of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India for participating in a joint exercise with the Indian Coast Guard.
The vessel, commanded by Superintendent Oh Taeog, will participate in the VIth Indo-Korea joint exercise Sahyog Hyeoblyeog 18 scheduled at sea off Chennai Coast on 05 April. The Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), ICGS Shaurya (16) will also participate in the exercise along with few Coast Guard interceptor boats.
A five member delegation of the Korea Coast Guard led by Commissioner General Park Kyung Min is also in India. ICG Director General Rajendra Singh hosted the team for a High Level Meeting at Coast Guard Head Quarters (CGHQ) in New Delhi.
The exercise Sahyog-Hyeoblyeog is part of a proposed establishment of a MoU between two Coast Guards to improve maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region. The MoU, which is currently in the draft stage, will be deliberated by the two sides over the course of the next three days and a final agreement will be signed on board one of the Coast Guard ships after the completion of the joint exercise.
In 2016, a Korean ship came to India while in 2017, an Indian Coast Guard ship visited South Korea, to take part in joint exercises.