Topaz due back with Indian naval ship


16-May-2009

The Topaz has been able to achieve a speed of 28 knots and is being escorted back from India by the Indian naval ship Matanga.
 
The Matanga will make a brief operational halt at Port Victoria before carrying out an anti-piracy patrol of Seychelles’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in coordination with the Seychelles Coast Guard.

The INS Matanga (photo) will escort the Topaz from India to Port Victoria

It is equipped with state-of-the art navigation and communication aids and is armed with a Bofors gun and external firefighting system.
 
The Matanga is a multi-role vessel capable of operating under all weather conditions and meeting all challenges while enforcing maritime regulations in the EEZ. It has a complement of five officers and 63 other ranks, including a contingent of Marcos commandos and a highly-trained quick reaction team.

In the past, it has carried out several operations including search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching, and has taken part in various other exercises.

The Indian Navy has also given IT, seamanship and workshop equipment – being brought on board the Topaz – to strengthen the Seychelles Coast Guard as part of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium capacity-building exercise.

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