The Joint Exercise between Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Maldives National Defence Force- Coast Guard (MNDF-CG) has been conducting since 1991 and it was named as “DOSTI”.
Pursuant to a decision taken during high level bilateral defence talks between Sri Lanka and India, Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) was invited to participate in exercise “DOSTI-XI” which has been conducted only between India and Maldives Coast Guards prior 2012. Due to non-availability of a large ship in SLCG inventory, the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development directed to sail Sri Lanka Navy ships to attend the Tri Lateral exercise which conducts biennially in Maldives. Sri Lanka Coast Guard ship Suraksha participated to the exercise in year 2018.
This exercise would strengthen the bonds of friendship and enhance the mutual operational capability, interoperability and cooperation between the forces of the three participating countries.