Indian Coast Guard bigwig comes calling
Top official reviewes operational readiness
S Vishnu Sharma, INN/Chennai, @svs037
The moment was quite gripping in Chennai recently on the defence front when the operational readiness of Indian Coast Guard was reviewed. Coast Guard commander (eastern seaboad) Additional director general K R Nautiyal overviewed the operational readiness.
Defence Ministry sources point out Nautiyal was in Chennai from 20 to 21 December along with Sunita Nautiyal, president of Tatrakshika (eastern seaboard). They were welcomed by commander of Coast Guard (eastern region) Inspector General S Paramesh and Priya Paramesh, president of Tatrakshika (east) on their arrival in Chennai.
Nautiyal visited Mandapam from 19 to 20 December before coming to Chennai. Coast Guard commander embarked on Indian Coast Guard Ship Shaunak on 21 December and witnessed the operational readiness of the fleet here comprising one pollution control vessel, four offshore patrol vessels, one fast patrol vessel, two interceptor boats, two dornier aircrafts and two Chetak helicopters.
It showcased the prowess to discharge the coast guard chartered roles and to meet any exigency at sea, including interdiction operation for coastal security and mass rescue operations at sea.
The operational readiness exercise showcased other multiple ship operations including stationing manoeuvres, boarding operation and search and rescue by aircrafts and helicopters. The Flag Officer interacted with Coast Guard personnel. And also reviewed the progress of infrastructure-related issues for the units located in Tamilnadu.