Meet the new Coast Guard boss, Vice Admiral HCS Bisht


The Indian Coast Guard is celebrating its 38th Anniversary on 01 Feb 15.

An Armed Force of the union, under the Ministry of Defence, the Indian Coast

Guard has come a long way from its modest beginning in 1978. Today, with more

than 100 ships and 60 aircraft, Indian Coast Guard is amongst the largest Coast

Guards in the world. Though initially envisaged for the role to curb the economic

offences, Coast Guard has now acquired leadership role in various fields of the

national maritime arena. Indian Coast Guard is the nodal Central Coordinating

Authority for the National Maritime Search and Rescue, Marine Oil Spill Disaster

Planning, Preparedness Response and coordination of Offshore and Coastal

Security. To support these onerous responsibilities, the Indian Coast Guard is

operating from five Regional Headquarters, 14 District Headquarters located in

each coastal state and 42 Stations situated along the coast line.

With Service motto as “Vayam Rakshamah” (We Protect), the Coast Guard

Search and Rescue efforts have been instrumental in saving more than 6500

lives since inception, amounting to one life saved every other day. The Coast

Guard continues to transform itself into an effective maritime force through

acquisition of state of art indigenously designed and built ships and aircraft,

consolidation of manpower & infrastructure and honing professional

competencies through regular and rigorous training. By the turn of present

decade, the Coast Guard is likely to have an inventory of 150 ships and 100

The President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister also congratulated the

Indian Coast Guard on completion of 38 glorious years and its role in national

The traditional CG Reception ceremony held on the eve of Coast Guard

Day was graced by the Hon’be Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parikar. The

Service Chiefs along with dignitaries and senior officials from the Ministry of

Defence also attended the ceremony. The Defence Minister on the occasion

appreciated the pivotal role of Coast Guard in ensuring the India’s maritime

interests in the Indian Ocean Region.

The Coast Guard also witnesses the new Director General at helm from

today as Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, AVSM assumes the responsibilities of Director

General Indian Coast Guard from Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal AVSM & Bar

who retired from service on superannuation on 31 Jan 14.


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