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
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.