The United States Coast Guard Ship Stratton docked at the Chennai Port on Friday after joint maritime exercise with Indian Coast Guard.
Senior officials said that Coast Guard ships ICG Shaurya and ICG Abheek and Chetak helicopter was part in the exercise on Friday, while Stratton, the US national security cutter multi ship, and an aircraft associated with the vessel were part of the operation.
Captain Bob Little led Stratton, which has an endurance of 60 days and has served six cutters. The vessel will take part in joint exercises that would include operations focusing on firefighting, offloading, anti-piracy, search and rescue operations.
The visit provides an opportunity to strengthen cooperation and interaction on threats to maritime environment like oil spills, and maritime security, including trafficking of people, drugs, firearms and illegal fishing, according to a statement from the Indian Coast Guard.