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Indian Coast Guard gets two interceptor boats
To bolster coastal security mechanism, two new interceptor boats, C-435 and C-436 were inducted into the Indian Coast Guard, Eastern region.

The two boats underwent extensive trials on equipment and machinery and were part of a fleet of 36 interceptor boats that were manufactured by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Shipyard Ltd.

L&T Shipyard Ltd has entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Defence to make the interceptor boats.

"The inducted boats will be based at Karaikal and Krishnapatnam in the Eastern region (respectively) and the presence of the boats would further strengthen the coastal security mechanism", an official release said. You might also like

C-435 and C-436 boats would be utilised for coastal patrol exercise, search and rescue, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations and fisheries protection.

Equipped with state-of-the-art sensors including navigational and communication system, the boats were capable of operating in tropical conditions and can travel at a speed of 40 knots.

Both the boats would be manned by 12 crews, including one officer and two sub-ordinate officers, it added.
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Indian Coast Guard’s Air Enclave yet to materialise
By Tiki Rajwi | Express News Service | Published: 03rd December 2017 01:24 AM |
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An old proposal for establishing an air enclave of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in Thiruvananthapuram still languishes on paper even as a blame game has erupted over the alleged delay in reacting to Cyclone Ockhi and launching search and rescue operations. The original proposal, which is over five years old at least, involved the stationing of two helicopters in Thiruvananthapuram so as to ensure speedy action in the event of contingencies in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts and to conduct maritime reconnaissance. In 2013, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) reportedly allocated a portion of the domestic terminal building of the Thiruvananthapuram airport to establish the ICG air enclave. By then, the ICG’s plan was to station a fixed-wing Dornier aircraft and a Chetak helicopter in the state capital.

Four years later, the ICG has only one interceptor boat stationed in the district - at Vizhinjam. The ICG aircraft and ships involved in the SAR mission for tracing fishermen missing at sea were all rushed to the region from ICG Kochi unit. A senior ICG officer told Express that the AAI, which originally agreed to allocate land on the airport premises, took it back on the assurance that new land would be provided. This, reportedly, has not been done yet.

‘’Ideally, the enclave should be attached to an airport. It cannot function independently as space for hangars and other facilities is also required. So we need the land next to the airport itself,’’ the officer said. Thiruvananthapuram Airport authorities said the proposal was still being pursued actively by the two agencies. ‘’Discussions are on for handing over an old building in the domestic terminal area to the ICG. It will be finalised soon,’’ airport director George G Tharakan said.

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Bharati Defence and Infrastructure delivers vessel to Indian Coast Guard
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Bharati Defence and Infrastructure has delivered on 10 November 2017 the fifth in the series of 15 High Speed Interceptor Boat being constructed for the Indian Coast Guard from Mangalore Yard.
The delivery of the vessel comes as a shot in the arm for the Company since it was accomplished in a challenging fund constrained situation and despite, being under Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
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PH, Indian cost guards conduct joint maritime exercise in Manila Bay
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and its Indian counterparts recently conducted a five-day bilateral maritime exercise in Manila Bay.


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Both agencies simulated drills involving search and rescue scenarios to enhance their capabilities in communications while conducting missions.

PCG utilized its 56-meter search and rescue vessel BRP Pampanga during the exercises while the India Coast Guard (ICG) used its ship “Shaurya,” the fifth in the series of six 105-meter offshore water vessels of ICG which arrived on Friday in Manila.

ICG ship Shaurya was commissioned to the Coast Guard service in July 1991.

PCG said the ship is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.

The ship is designed to carry one twi- engine light helicopter and five high-speed boats, including two quick reaction inflatable boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution-response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.

Earlier this year, the PCG and ICG also conducted exercise drills in cross boarding, maritime pollution response and containment, and firefighting with ICG ship “Samarth” at vicinity 1.9 nautical miles northwest of Sangley Point, Cavite City.
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ReCAAP, India Coast Guard Conduct Workshop
The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and the Indian Coast Guard have commenced the 2017 Capacity Building Workshop in New Delhi, India.

Themed “Striding Over Domestic Challenges,” this year’s workshop draws ReCAAP Focal Points from maritime enforcement and government agencies across Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States.

Participants will pool case studies drawn from recent incidents from their respective countries, discuss challenges, and share best practices to effectively deal with the evolving patterns of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.

In addition to case study discussions, vital topics such as trends and developments over the past ten years, legal prosecution against criminals of piracy and armed robbery against ships, as well as emerging threats that may impact piracy and sea robbery such as maritime cyber security will also be addressed.

The Indian Ship Owners’ Association will also present an industry’s perspective with the participants, and engage them in a dialogue.

“India as one of the original signatories of the ReCAAP Agreement in 2006 is a longstanding supporter of the work of the Information Sharing Centre, and we are grateful for the partnership as a co-organizer of this year’s Capacity Building Workshop,” said Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre.

“While recent years have seen a decrease in the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, we must continue to be vigilant and alert to evolving patterns and threats. The annual Capacity Building Workshop is integral to our on-going efforts to increase the safety and security of seas in Asia,” he added.

The 2016 Capacity Building Workshop was held in Manila in collaboration with the Philippines Coast Guard.
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Commissioning of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGSSujay

Indian Coast Guard Ship “Sujay”, the sixth in the series of six 105m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) was commissioned by Director General Indian Coast Guard Shri Rajendra Singh at Goa today in the presence of senior officers from Coast Guard, CMD Goa Shipyard Limited and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Government.

‘Sujay’ meaning ‘Great Victory’ is projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment “To serve and Protect” the maritime interest of the nation. The ship is based at Paradip, Odisha under the operational and administrative control of Commander Coast Guard Region (North-East).

This 105 meter OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. The features include 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System. The ship is designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two Quick Reaction Inflatable Boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.

The ship draws 2350 tons(GRT) propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 23 Knots and has an endurance of 6000 NM at economical speed. The sustenance and reach coupled with the latest and modern equipment and systems, provides her the capability to perform the role of a Command platform to accomplish all Coast Guard charter of duties.

The ship on joining Coast Guard fleet at Paradip, will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard Charter, to safeguard the maritime interests of India. Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 134 ships and boats and 66 ships and boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards in India.

ICGS‘Sujay’ is commanded by Deputy Inspector General Yoginder Dhaka and manned by 12 Officers and 94 men.

The commissioning of ICGSSujay will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of a sophisticated and state-of-the-art OPV will give a fillip to the maritime protection of our vast coastline of Eastern Seaboard in general and the maritime state of Odisha and West Bengal in particular.

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Indian Coast Guard commissions last of six Samarth-class OPVs
Mrityunjoy Mazumdar - Jane's Navy International
21 December 2017
The last of six Samarth-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICGS) was commissioned into service on 21 December 2017.

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, the sixth Samarth-class OPV for the Indian Coast Guard, entered service on 21 December. (GSL)
<I>Sujay</I> , the sixth Samarth-class OPV for the Indian Coast Guard, entered service on 21 December. (GSL)

Sujay will be based at Paradip on India’s east coast. The other five ships of the class were from late 2015 onwards, under a contract signed in May 2012. According to GSL all six OPVs were delivered earlier than the contracted schedule.

With a length of 105 m, a beam of 13.6 m, and a draft of 3.65 m, the Samarth-class has a standard displacement of around 2,500 tons and a fully loaded displacement of around 3,000 tons. The OPVs are built to dual Indian Register of Shipping and American Bureau of Shipping shipbuilding classification standards.

According to the GSL, over the course of building the six OPVs the shipyard managed to reduce build time from around 70 months to 36 months through a number of process improvements and shipyard infrastructure modernisation. The yard also succeeded in reducing ‘D-448 shipbuilder liabilities’ at the time of delivery – defects requiring reworks under warranty – to minimal levels by pursuing a zero defects policy.

The shipyard is now building five additional 105 m OPVs under a contract signed in August 2016. Broadly similar to the Samarth class, the new OPVs will have some minor structural and hull equipment changes due to a greater indigenous content of 70% (compared with 62% for the Samarth class), according to GSL officials. The target build period for the OPVs has been set at 33 months or less, the shipyard said. “We are hopeful to achieving even better results” one official told Jane’s .
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Japan Coast Guard sending vessel to India and Malaysia for joint anti-piracy exercises
Japan Coast Guard sending vessel to India and Malaysia for joint anti-piracy exercises
A Japan Coast Guard (JCG) vessel will leave Hakodate on 28 December for joint anti-piracy exercises in India and Malaysia.

The JCG patrol vessel Tsugaru will sail to Chennai where it will conduct a joint exercise with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre on 17 January following a high-level meeting between the two countries coastguards.

The patrol vessel will then sail to Kuantan in Malaysia. In Kuantan it wil be part of an anti-piracy exercise on 29 January with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), known as Malaysia Coast Guard (MCG) which will include the vessel KM Pekan formerly the JCG vessel Erimo.

“The JCG has been dispatching patrol vessels and aircraft to the Southeast Asian waters and elsewhere for the purpose of piracy countermeasures since 2000, and aims to promote further collaborative and cooperative relationships with the respective countries in order to realize a free, open and safe Indo-Pacific waters that is based on the rule of law,” the JCG said in a statement.

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Indian Coast Guard arrests six Pakistani fisherman off Gujarat coast, seize boat from Kutch creek

Ahmedabad: The Coast Guard on Friday detained six Pakistani nationals and seized a fishing boat off Gujarat coast near Kutch, a defence spokesperson said.

These Pakistani fishermen were detained by the Coast Guard when they were catching fish in Indian waters after crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), the spokesperson was quoted as saying in a release.

During its routine patrolling in the Arabian Sea this afternoon, Indian Coast Guard ship C-408 spotted a Pakistani fishing boat 'Sindh Singhar' inside the Indian waters, the spokesperson added.

Acting swiftly, the Coast Guard detained all the six Pakistani crew members and seized their boat.

"They were brought to the coast. The boat and the fishermen were handed over to the local Marine Police Station for a further probe," said the spokesperson.
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Fast patrol vessel for Coast Guard launched by GRSE
State-run shipmaker Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) said that the first of five Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) being built for the Indian Coast Guard was launched on Saturday.

The entire design of the FPVs was developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by the agency.

Following maritime traditions, the ship was launched by Kadambari Saxena, wife of GRSE's Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral V.K. Saxena (retd.).

The vessel is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles and is equipped with three main engines with advanced control systems.
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Indian Coast Guard Ship C-161 commissioned in Porbandar
ANI | Updated: Jan 05, 2018 19:01 IST

Porbandar (Gujarat) [India], January 5 (ANI): Indian Coast Guard Ship C-161 was commissioned on Friday at Porbandar in Gujarat. The induction is a part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security.

It will strengthen the security umbrella of west coast and also help augment patrolling to prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing.

The ICGS C-161 shall be based at Vadinar under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (North West) Air Marshal RK Dhir PVSM AVSM VM ADC.

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief. South Western Air Command commissioned the Interceptor Boat built by Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Limited in the presence of Inspector General Rakcsh Pal, TM. Commander Guard Region (NW) and other distinguished guests from various Central and State agencies were also present.

The Interceptor Boat C-161 is 27.64m in length with a displacement of 107 tons and can achieve maximum speed of 35 knots.

It is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to boats and craft in distress at sea.

The IB is capable of operating in shallow water as well as deep seas The boat is provided with advanced navigational and communication equipment for sale navigation. The quick reaction ability coupled with modern equipment and systems provides her the capability to respond to any developing maritime situation.

The boat is commanded by Deputy Commandant Gaurav Verna and will be based at Vadinar.

In an effort to augment its afloat capability, the Indian Coast Guard at Gujarat is acquiring varied new platforms.

As per the basing plan, be placing nine additional ships in the Gujarat region by year 2021. This force multiplication with vessels designed for assorted roles, is in the wake of heightened security scenario of the region. The reinforcement of Coastal security mechanism in the state is also reflective of a synergised effort in tandem with various stakeholders. (ANI)
 

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Coast Guards Interceptor commissioned

Nellore: Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Boat (IB) C-436, the last amongst the 36 in their series, was commissioned at Krishnapatnam by Dinesh Kumar, Chief Secretary on Friday.

Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, Coast Guard Region (East); DIG AK Harbola, CEO of KPCL Anil Yendluri and other senior dignitaries from Central and State Governments were present. The Interceptor Boat has been designed and built indigenously by M/s Larsen and Toubro Ltd.

The IB has an overall length of 27.80 mtrs, displacement of 101 tonnes and can achieve maximum speed of 45 knots with the help of jet propulsion system. The Interceptor Boat (IB) is commanded by Assistant Commandant Ankur Banerjee. The IB is fitted with state-of- the-art Communication and Navigational equipment.
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Japan Coast Guard ship to visit Chennai from Jan 12 to 18
Chennai, Jan 11 (UNI) Japan Coast Guard Ship Tsugaru, a PLH type patrol vessel of 105 m length, with a compliment of 55 members, will be visiting Chennai from January 12 to 18 under the provisions of institutionalised bilateral Memorandum of Cooperation between Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

A Defence release on Thursday said, ''for strengthening the regional maritime relationship in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Sagar” which means ocean and stands for Security And Growth in Region, the JCG-ICG bilateral exercise has been conjoined with the National Maritime SAR Exercise-2018.
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The event will foster bilateral relationships between the two nations specifically on Maritime cooperation, while cultural heritage exchange would take place in the back ground.

During the vist, the Japanese crew would visit various places of interest in and around Chennai and play a friendly volleyball match, the release said.

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'Saviour of the sea' Indian Coast Guard completes four decades
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG), popularly known as the 'Saviour of the sea' has completed 40 years of its existence. Various programmes have been organised to mark the occasion.

Indian Coast Guard (ICG), the non-military maritime safety and security system, has lived upto its motto 'Vayam Rakshamaha' (in Sanskrit), meaning 'We protect'. The ICG has been the guardian angel of the maritime zone of the nation and has played a crucial role in not only rescuing fishermen in distress but also in offering assistance in maintenance of environmental discipline through prevention of smuggling and poaching. The intervention of ICG is also sought upon during times of maritime oil disasters towards rescue (M-SAR) operations. The role of ICG, Karnataka during the recent Ockhi cyclone, which had affected the Arabian sea, is worth a mention.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Panambur, Mangaluru, organised a programme 'Day at sea' for media persons in Mangaluru on Friday. The objective of the programme was to shed light on the activities of the Coast Guard and to make the visitors aware of the duties of ICG which comprises ensuring maritime safety and security of the nation.

Journalists were on-board the Hovercraft Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) H 198 to get familiar with the activities of the 75 Hovercraft Squadron, which is engaged in operational and administrative control of Coast Guard Karnataka.

Addressing media persons, Coast Guard, Karnataka Commander S S Dasila said that various programmes such as blood donation camp, student visits to coast guard ship and Headquarters, Day at sea, troupes get together, cycle rally and coastal security week have been planned in order to mark the completion of 40 years of Coast Guard, Karnataka. The programme enables the Coast Guard to interact with people from various walks of life. At the same time, the visitors will get to know the activities of ICG. The 41st anniversary of ICG is scheduled to be held on February 1, the Commander said.

Commandant Manish Kumar Dhaman said that since the time of its inception in 1978, Indian Coast Guard has grown from strength to strength. Initially, it had seven ships but now, the ICG is powered with 42 stations across the nation, with 130 ships and 62 air crafts. Indian Coast Guard is now the fourth largest coastal security in the world, after the US, Japan and Korea.

Indian Coast Guard has been striving to maintain discipline by catching those indulging in smuggling of materials through sea and poaching of marine species. As many as 7,890 lives were saved during various sea-related disasters and 13,161 offenders were held for illegal activities at sea.

75 Hovercraft Squadron Commander Gulwinder Singh said that ICG, Karnataka is the biggest operator of Hovercraft in India and is enabled with 75 Hovercraft Squadron, which is based in Mangaluru. Two medium scale Hovercrafts are deployed in the region towards rescue, search and anti-smuggling operations. Hovercraft Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) H 198 is the faster Hovercraft vehicle with a top speed of 45 nautical miles per hour.

Co-pilot Commandant J G Manish and Assistant Commandant Devayani were present.
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Air enclave for ICG
The Indian Coast Guard (ICGS) is all set to base at least two maritime reconnaissance aircraft and a helicopter in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Ockhi cyclone disaster appeared to have given a fillip to the move to acquire a part of the old domestic terminal for ICG’s air operations. Officials said Station Commander, ICG-Vizhinjam, V.K. Varghese had received information that the Centre and State authorities had sanctioned the proposal.

They said the new capability would enhance the Coast Guard’s operational readiness in Peninsular India. The ICG, Vizhinjam, currently operated two fast interceptor boats, one of which (ICGS-47) was instrumental in medically evacuating a fatally injured Chinese sailor from a foreign cargo vessel off the coast of Vizhinjam on January 25.

Officials said the Indian Search and Rescue Area (INSAR) extended up to 200 nautical miles, including waters bordering the exclusive economic zone of the Mauritius. It encompasses some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Over the years, distress calls from foreign merchant vessels, traditional seafaring fishers and foreign navies have beset the ICGS. They included requests for medical evacuation and appeals to track and detain ships involved in mid-sea collisions.

ICG stations on the coast often received distress calls through satellite phone directly from vessels and others via the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.

Last year, the ICG-Vizhinjam located, pursued and detained two foreign vessels that were suspected to have dashed against Indian fishing boats. There have also been instances where the ICG worked in tandem with the Navy to transfer seriously unwell sailors and combatants from foreign Naval vessels to hospitals on the mainland. Those operations have been mostly secretive.

ICG officials said the new air assets to be stationed in Thiruvananthapuram would vastly enhance their command’s surveillance, search, rescue, and contraband, arms and drug interdiction operations.
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Bharti Defence delivers C-162 to Coast Guard



Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Ltd. (BDIL), Mangaluru, on Thursday delivered an interceptor boat, C-162, to the Indian Coast Guard on its premises here.

Sixth in a series of 15 high speed interceptor boats being procured by the ICG, C-162 was launched on January 31 at BDIL and within 28 days, the vessel completed harbour and sea trials successfully achieving speeds more than the contractual limit of 35 knots, said a release from BDIL.

The 28-m-long vessel has an aluminium hull, weighs about 60 dead-weight tonnage (DWT) and is designed for speeds up to 35 knots. It is fitted with a new generation of Arneson Surface Drive propulsion system and is propelled by two engines of 1,650 KW each. The vessel can accommodate 11 crew and is deployed mainly for patrolling purposes.

Having handed over the fifth vessel of the series in November last, the present handover within about four months has infused new spirits among BDIL staff as the company was admitted to Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. The successful delivery of C-162 under severe financial limitations comes as a shot in the arm for the company as it was accomplished on challenging fund constrained situation.
 

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Coastal security exercise in Kerala concludes
A three-day coastal security exercise 'Sagar Kavach' was conducted off the coast of Kerala, Mahe and Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands to assess the preparedness of all agencies towards dealing with an asymmetric threat emanating from the sea.
The Headquarters Coast Guard District No 4 (Kerala) and the Headquarters Coast Guard District No 12 (Lakshadweep & Minicoy) conducted the exercise from April 24 to 26.
The exercise is aimed at enhancing synergy between various stake-holders through sharing of information and resources of various agencies involved in the field of coastal security.
It helped in validating the standard operating procedures to strengthen the coastal security mechanism, a Defence release said here today.
Four ships and three Fast Interceptor Craft (FICs) of Indian Navy, five ships of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and also Dornier aircraft were deployed off Kerala and L&M coast.
Boats and personnel from Coastal Police, Marine Enforcement Wing (MEW), Central Industrial Security Force, Customs, Fisheries department and Port authorities also actively participated in the exercise, the release said.
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Desi Coast Guard interceptor boat commissioned at Kakinada
Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) boat Charli - 438, an Interceptor Boat (IB), was commissioned at the Kakinada deep water port in East Godavari district on Wednesday. The vessel was inducted as part of the ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security.
DGP M Malakondaiah commissioned the IB in the presence of Rajan Bargotra, Inspector General, Coast Guard Region (East) and other distinguished guests from various Central and State agencies.Speaking on the occasion, Malakondiah said that the Indian Coast Guard has great reputation as the fourth largest such agency in the world. He said it has been taking care of coastal security and rescue operations apart from controlling pollution. Its performance is noteworthy, he added.
The DGP said steps would be taken to strengthen coastal security to avoid terror threat. He further said marine police and ICG are promoting economic development along the Kakinada coast. He said that the ICGS C - 438 is capable of providing high security on the coast. It has the best technology to deal with any situation in the present situation.Rajan Bargotra, Inspector General of Coast Guard’s Eastern Region, said the government has provided 135 ships and 65 aircrafts in the region. He said the Eastern Region has 700 sailors and 500 officials. It has been taking up recruitment every year.
Bargotra said the Interceptor Boat has an infrared surveillance system, so it will keep vigil on the coast even in the night time. He explained about the features of the vessel.The ICGS C-438 shall be based in Kakinada under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (East). It will strengthen the security umbrella of East Coast and also help augment patrolling to prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing.
The ICGS C- 438 Interceptor Boat has 13 sailors. The Interceptor Boat C-438 is 27.8 m in length with a displacement of 106 tonnes and maximum speed of 85 km per hour approximately. The boat is equipped with twin diesel engines, twin water jet propulsion and an endurance of 500 NMs (928 km) at 37 km per hour. The boat is capable of sustaining at sea for a duration of three to four days without replenishment and of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to boats and crafts in distress at sea.District Collector Karthikeya Mishra, SP Vishal Gunni and Kakinada port vice-president A Muralidhar attended the ceremony.
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DGP M Malakondaiah launches the boat in the presence of Coast Guard Inspector General (East region) Rajan Bargotra and other officials
ICGS C-438 is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as close coast surveillance and is fitted with state-of-the-art communication equipment
The DGP says highest preparedness is required to protect the coast through surveillance in view of the changing situations
The boat is capable of sustaining at sea for a duration of three to four days without replenishment
Desi Coast Guard interceptor boat commissioned at Kakinada
 
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