Kolkata: Over 150 students from various schools and NCC cadets from Kolkata and adjoining areas visited Indian Coast Guard Advanced Offshore Vessel on Sunday. In order to raise awareness and motivate school children and trainees of National Cadet Corps, a visit to newly built Indian Coast Guard ship is in progress, for which ICGS Sujay has been docked in Kidderpore dock at Kolkata since 24th January 2018 and will remain at Kolkata till 31st January 2018.
Various sections of the ship including navigational/communication equipment, electrical machineries/ main propulsion system, small and main armaments of the ship have been have been shown and explained to the visiting students. They have also been apprised about Indian Coast Guard’s roles and responsibilities at sea as maritime law enforcement agency. They have also been sensitized about importance of focused coastal security mechanism and the increased role Indian Coast Guard is playing for improving overall coastal security mechanism along Indian coasts. During the interaction onboard with the ship’s crew, students were found over enthusiastic and shown keen interest to join the India’s youngest maritime law enforcement agency.The Indian Coast Guard will celebrate its 41st raising day on 1st February 2018. Indian Coast Guard, an armed force of the union came into being on 1st February 1977 and has completed 41st years of existence, undertaking the mandated charter of duties at sea. In the run up to the Coast Guard day celebrations, the Indian Coast Guard region (North-East) has organized numerous functions as part of Coast Guard week celebrations in order to connect with the local populace and fishing community and to assure that Indian Coast Guard stands by them at all times. Various related events conducted were painting competition for school children on social and maritime awareness, medical camp for villagers and bike rally along the coasts of West Bengal and Odisha to give further impetus towards community awareness and strengthening bonds with fisher folks/local community. Blood donation camps and special community interaction programmes were also conducted at various locations along the coasts of West Bengal and Odisha.