Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan, PVSM, PTM,TM Director General of Coast Guard visited Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (North East), Kolkata from 21-23 Dec 21 to review the Coast Guard Operations and Infrastructural development projects in the Region North East.
The Flag Officer was given overview on Coast Guard operations and on-going Coast Guard infrastructure development projects in the state of West Bengal and Odisha. In his address, the Flag Officer apprised Officers and men of Indian Coast Guard on policy reviews, upcoming development in terms of Infrastructure, augmentation of CG fleet and international cooperation initiatives.
To counter the ever growing maritime challenges and to act as an effective deterrence to nefarious elements, Coast Guard during the past decade has grown exponentially in terms of Infrastructure and induction of new platforms under the reigns of the Flag Officer. Towards sustained efficacy of maritime operations in AoR of Coast Guard Region North East, ICG has commissioned and based 01 OPV at Paradip and 01 FPV at Haldia last year. Additionally, to augment the Coast Guard Air arm in the region, 04 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) MK III have been inducted and based at Bhubaneswar.
With Flag Officer’s continued impetus on infrastructural development, in the years to come, Coast Guard organisation is heading for a major expansion to match growing demand in terms of maritime security, safety and environment protection.
During the visit, the Flag Officer also called on Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal Shri Jagdeep Dhankar on 23 Dec 21 and briefed him on various operational facets and recent string of achievements by Indian Coast Guard especially in West Bengal.