12 years since terrorists struck Mumbai, the coastguard has a fleet of 200 ships to guard the coastline

2020-11-26 17:31:12 Logistics News (Airlines & Aviation)

The Indian coastguards which had a meagre 74 vessels to guard the country's coastline when the terrorists struck Mumbai way back in 2008 has now 200 ships standing  as a key maritime security agency along with Indian Navy

Air wing too has increased from 44 aircraft in 2008 to 58

The present government had sanctioned a sum of about Rs 31,000 crores to augment the strength under a five year plan.  . “This has seen the Coast Guard fleet of vessels grow 134 ships which are operational. Fifty seven ships are at various stages of construction at different Indian shipyards. The air wing too has increased from 44 aircraft in 2008 to 58,” according to coastguard sources

The air station at Ratnagiri is operational and is likely to be commissioned soon.

An air station is being set up near Mumbai at Ratnagiri to effectively patrol the sea. “The air station at Ratnagiri is operational and is likely to be commissioned soon.

With a mandate to patrol the sea between 12 nautical miles and 22 nautical miles from the coast, the force has augmented its air and surface fleet to a large extent.

The Navy now forms the first line of defence and is on constant alert monitoring the sea through aerial surveillance and patrol. Sagar Prahari Bal, an agency dedicated to coastal security, has been formed comprising personnel drawn from the Navy. The Sagar Prahari Bal and CISF personnel have undergone training at INS Chilka in Odisha, a premier establishment for the Indian Navy sailors.

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