The Indo-US Coast Guard joint exercise "Abhyas-01/22" was held off the coast of Chennai on 19 September 2022. The focus of the exercise was to familiarise the personnel of Coast Guards of both the nations with each other's capabilities. The objectives included strengthening the working relationship between the forces of the two nations, enhancing inter-operability in the area of maritime search and rescue (SAR), boarding operations and other maritime law enforcement duties.


  1. The highlights are fleet manoeuvers, creating a scenario of hijacking of a vessel and subsequent rescue of its crew in a coordinated anti-piracy joint operation.
  2. Interdiction of pirated vessel, coordinated joint boarding operation, SAR demonstration and external fire-fighting to salvage burning ships were the other highlights of the exercise.
  3. The 4-day visit of United States Coast Guard Cutter Midgett to Chennai on a goodwill visit culminated today.
  4. During the visit, USCG ship had professional exchanges on visit-board-search-seizure operations, cross-deck visits, friendly volleyball match with Indian Coast Guard counterparts from 16 to 19 September.