India gifts fast patrol craft to Maldives
India has said it is willing to extend any assistance to Maldives aimed at promoting peace and security in the Indian Ocean region.india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 18:00 IST
India said on Sunday that it was willing to extend any assistance to Maldives aimed at promoting peace and security in the Indian Ocean region as it gifted a fast patrol craft to the country.
India and Maldives have "common perception on global issues of mutual concern... India is willing to extend any assistance that would promote peace and security in the Indian Ocean region, a prime prerequisite for ushering in development and prosperity in this part of the world," Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
He was speaking at function to mark handing over of INS Tillanchang, rechristened as 'Hurawee', to the Coast Guard of Maldivian Security Service in presence of Maldives President Abdul Gayoom and other senior ministers.
Mukherjee said the promt transfer of the patrol vessel on request from the Maldivian government was a manifestation of how much India values its friendship with them.
INS Tillanchang, named after an island in the Nicobar group, has been built in Kolkata. The ship was commissioned in 2001 and has rendered yeoman's service to the Indian Navy while based at Port Blair in the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Command.
The craft is capable of attaining a top speed of 26 knots and has an endurance of over seven days, covering a distance of approximately 2000 nautical miles.
Maldives Defence Minister Ismail Shaifeeu lauded India's gesture.