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.