New Delhi: Additional Director General (Operations and Coastal Security) of Coast Guard V Sri Ramachandra Murthy said that Indian Coast Guard fleet has steadily grown over the years and now stood at fourth largest CG in the world.
Now, it has plans to achieve the fleet strength of 200 ships and 100 aircraft by the year 2023. Nearly, 60 surface platforms and 15 work boats are under construction at various Indian Shipyards. Presently, the CG has 136 ships, 62 aircraft and over 13,000 personal, he said.
Addressing the gathering after commissioning the Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) Rani Rashmoni, the fifth and last of the FPV series constructed by the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) here at the Coast Guard jetty, the ADG VSR Murthy said five more ships will be based at Vizag, Kakinada and Krishnapatnam of Andhra Pradesh in the next two years.
The first Telugu man to hold one of the highest posts in the Coast Guard, additional director general Murthy said that they have plans to build a jetty jointly with Indian Navy at Kakinada. As part of coastal security network phase II, six more radar stations on the coastline of AP would be established to ensure near gap-free electronic surveillance.
He further said that the present security scenario in the maritime domain dictates the need to maintain a constant vigil and preparedness to varies maritime challenges. Indian Coast Guard is not just safeguarding India’s maritime interests round the clock, but also emerged as credible agency in combating maritime crimes, conducting maritime search and rescue, pollution response at sea and also inter-operability of men and platform in testing times, the three-star rank officer said.