CG augments fleet in isles with induction of 2 Fast Patrol vessels, 3 FIBs

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
13 Apr 2018

The Coast Guard, A & N Region augmented its fleet on Friday with the induction of five vessels - two Fast Patrol Vessels, ICGS Rajdhwaj and ICGS Rajtarang and three Fast Interceptor Boats (FIBs).  At a glittering ceremony held at Coast Guard Jetty, the chief guest, Mr Anindo Majumdar, Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Inspector General KR Suresh, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) welcomed the crew of the five ships on their arrival from mainland and dedicated the ships to the Coast Guard fleet at Andaman & Nicobar Region. The ceremony was attended by various dignitaries along with Coast Guard officers and men.
In his address, the Chief Secretary thanked the Indian Coast Guard for enhancing the fleet strength in A&N Region for strengthening the safety and security matrix of these pristine islands. He assured all support to Indian Coast Guard in developing infrastructure and logistic support for new assets. He congratulated Coast Guard for accomplishing all task under its charter of duties in this region and its immense contribution towards flagship programme of Indian Government. He also appreciated all stake holders for having perfect synergy in A&N Region and same should be considered as role model by other states.
The Commander, Coast Guard, A & N Region, informed that the in the past one year, the Coast saved at least 62 precious lives, conducted nine medical evacuations, participated in 24 search and rescue operations and 2132 boarding operations. The strength of Coast Guard in these islands  has almost doubled in the recent years. The induction of ICGS Rajdwaj, ICGS Rajtarang, ICGS C-422, ICGS C-415 and ICGS C-423 has increased the strength of the Coast Guard here in terms of operational reach and capabilities. The accretion of fleet with five ships induction into the CG fleet is a force-multiplier to the operational capacity matrix. These ships will be based at Port Blair, Kamorta, Diglipur and will augment the reach and efficiency of Coast Guard in undertaking array of assignments, which Coast Guard is responsible in maritime zones associated with A&N islands, said the Commander.
Enhancing coastal security by asset building through positioning such state-of-the-art ships will definitely unlock the potential of this region and  will enhance the safety quotient of these strategically located Isles. This will help in mitigating non-conventional threats like poaching, illegal immigration etc. In collaboration with A&N Administration, Coast Guard Region (A&N) is taking it as a challenge to develop support infrastructure and logistic support for new assets, for their optimal utilisation and swift deployment even to remotest corners of A&N.