A team of Indian Naval Marine Commandos has completed the training of Mauritius National Coast Guard (MNCG) commandos in anti-piracy and diving operations.
The team of eight, two officers and six sailors completed the training in Maritime Intervention Operations (MIO) and diving training to 32 personnel of the MNCG. For the first time, training was provided in special heliborne operations involving slithering and sniper firing operations from an ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter) aircraft, which India had earlier gifted to Mauritius.
The three-week training began May 17 and had a special emphasis on Visit Board Search & Seizure (VBSS) procedures. According to an Indian Navy statement, “Technical skills associated with underwater repair were also enhanced during the diving training phase where in ab initio as well as refresher training was given in underwater welding, cutting, videography and salvage.”
Indian Naval Marine Commandos had also trained personnel of the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) last April in similar operations.