• The presence of ICG ships on regular patrol in the Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOCs), and visits to foreign port of littoral states in India’s vicinity, is important to develop and strengthen cooperation with regional countries on matters related to SAR, pollution response and other CG related activities.  The overseas deployment of Indian Coast Guard ships has helped in the global recognition of the organization as a major maritime law enforcement agency, and has enhanced working-level relationships with law enforcement agencies of other nations. In compliance with IMO guidelines, and the SAR convention of 1979, the Indian Coast Guard has taken initiatives to develop professional relationships in SAR cooperation with various IOR nations.