I extend my heartfelt greetings to the Indian Coast Guard on the occasion of its 41st Raising Day. Since its inception, the Indian Coast Guard has proved itself to be a professional maritime force.
The Coast Guard in the A&N Islands has become synonymous to safety, security and compassion and has been serving the Islands, especially the fishermen community, mariners and residents. During the last year, the Coast Guard saved 59 lives in 29 rescue operations in the Islands. Ships and aircraft of the Coast Guard have maintained round the clock vigil to keep the Islands safe and secure from poachers, intruders, smugglers and anti-national elements.
I also compliment the Coast Guard for their active involvement in promoting clean and green initiatives like Swachh Sagar, Swachh Bharat and afforestation drives as also other community outreach initiatives like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign.
On behalf of the administration and Islanders, I once again compliment the Indian Coast Guard for their services to the Nation. I extend my greetings and best wishes to the Indian Coast Guard fraternity and wish them success in all their endeavors.
(Admiral D K Joshi)
PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.)
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
It gives me immense pleasure to extend warm greetings anIt gives me immense pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations to all personnel of Indian Coast Guard on the occasion of its 41st raising day on 01 February 2018. The Indian Coast Guard in A&N Islands has been engaged in exemplary service to the islanders, fishermen and mariners over the last forty-one years by ensuring their safety and protection through various crisis situations. Being our comrades in Andaman and Nicobar Command since 2001, Coast Guard hasworked relentlessly in maintaining surveillance over our maritime zones, safeguarding our maritime borders, securing our coastline, providing maritime SAR services, protecting and preserving our marine environment and enforcement of maritime laws. Acknowledging the growing maritime activities and rising security needs of these islands, Coast Guard in recent times has embarked an ambitious growth plan in terms of assets, infrastructure and modernisation. We have seen CG patrol assets growing by almost 50 percent in last couple of years.The ops momentum of Coast Guard has also picked-up pace like never before. We have witnessed successful conduct of Coastal Security exercises with better coordination and higher success rate. In last one year, MRCC coordinated 29 rescue missions saving 59 valuable lives. I also congratulate Coast Guard for conducting maiden regional level pollution response exercise, besides mock drills and training courses for stake holders.I am also privy to the increased EEZ surveillance efforts and effective anti-poaching patrols during last one year. It is also very heartening for me to witness the eagerness and passion displayed by Coast Guard personnel in promoting clean and green initiatives through regular tree plantations and ‘Swachh Sagar’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’. I am also appreciative of Coast Guard efforts in spreading safety and security consciousness amongst fishermen and coastal population during Community Interaction Programs. I compliment the Commander, Coast Guard Region (A&N) and his team for fostering jointness and synergy amongst the components of ANC and I am sure this momentum will continue in times to come, making our maritime front safer, greener and secured. Jai Hind (Bimal Verma) Vice Admiral Commander-in-Chief
On 01 Feb 18, the Indian Coast Guard celebrating it’s 41st anniversary. Like the previous years, we have continued to register all round growth and whilst we continue to behold the nation’s confidence in delivering maritime security imperatives obligated upon us, we have also been able to meet the expectations of mariners at large in ensuring safety of life and property at sea.
Rapid growth in terms of infrastructure development and asset induction remains the hallmark of our service. During the year gone by, we have inducted 11 new surface platforms. Sanction has also been received for setting up of additional Pollution Response Team, Coast Guard Refit and Production Teams, Base Maintenance Units and Coast Guard Aeronautical Service. With progression of the proposals for induction of new aircraft, our air arm will also receive the much needed fillip in the near future. With continued impetus during the years to come, we will surely realize our dream of accommodation for all by the year 2019.
The Indian Coast Guard continued to earn laurels for it’s swift and optimally calibrated response to emerging challenges. In a well coordinated operation, reflective of our synergy with various stake holders, we pulled off one of the biggest seizure of narcotics worth Rs. 3500 Crore. Concerted efforts of our officers and men in most daunting conditions, in the wake of the humanitarian crisis of post Cyclone ‘Ockhi’, resulted in saving the lives of 488 fishermen. This was besides the 511 lives we saved in the course of SAR and MEDEVAC operations through the year.
ICG ships have extended their footprints even beyond the extremities of our EEZ and ISSR by undertaking patrol and operations in the ISSR/ EEZ of our friendly neighbors. In furtherance of our foreign policy, “Neighbours First”, ICG ships called at 18 foreign ports in the IOR and even beyond. Conduct of High Level Meetins and joint exercises under MoU as also hosting of ReCAAP Capacity Building Workshop and foreign observers in our SAREX and NATPOLREX re-inforced our image as a reliable and dependable maritime partner.
I consider it my singular privilege to be at the helm of this cohesive and vibrant service. My best wishes to all my fellow officers, men, civilian staff and their families and on the occasion of 41st Anniversary of the Indian Coast Guard. I sincerely trust that each one of us will continue to strive hard to realize our collective vision for an efficient and professional Coast Guard, so that we remain well poised to meet the challenges of the future. Vayam Rakshamah.
Indian Coast Guard
On the occasion of 41st CG raising day 2018, my wife joins me in conveying greetings and felicitations to all Coast Guard Officers, men and civilian personnel. In the four decades plus of its altruistic existence, the Indian Coast Guard has created a legacy of its own in these strategically important islands.
The year gone by had witnessed achievements and advancements in many fronts . Saving of 59 lives at sea was the icing on the cake. The maiden marine pollution response – “clean seas”, was a harbinger of awareness on pollution response requirement .Concerted efforts towards government flagship programs had been a highlight of the year. Massive awareness drives and involvement by ICG personnel has given a fillip to these initiatives in A&N Isalnds.
While the past brings a profound sense of satisfaction, the future demands continued zest and thought. Sitting astride few of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, the strategic importance of these islands are likely to rise in consonance with that of indo-pacific. The national objective of “Act East Policy” would mandate bilateral engagements with littorals. Consequently we may need to engage with our counterparts in and around the region, with sharing of expertise if required. The paradigm of coastal security would continue to be iterative.
Envisaged accretion of assets calls for infrastructural preparation and decentralisation of responsibilities. We would continue to be fervent about the well being of the men behind the machines. Provision of optimal working as well as living spaces in conjunction with excellent work ethos and atmosphere would continue to be top priority. We should continue to work tirelessly to for the Islanders and work towards our community social responsibility.
I exhort everyone to keep up the good work and keep our flag flying high (.) “Vayam Rakhsamah” (.) Jai hind.
Coast Guard Region (A&N)
It gives me immense pleasure to extend my warm greetings to all personnel of Coast Guard Region (A&N) on the occasion of the 41st Raising Day of the service on 01 February, 2018.
The Indian Coast Guard has been performing a stellar role in maintaining vigil all along our vast Coastline protecting our maritime wealth as well as the flora and fauna of these islands. The role of Coast Guard assumes greater significance in wake of growth in maritime traffic and issues related to maritime safety, security, disaster management, marine pollution and law enforcement at sea.
Coast Guard personnel have saved precious lives of our fishermen, mariners etc., by conducting medical evacuation on several occasions and have provided assistance to fishermen in distress at sea.
The service has conducted a number of community interaction programmes, free medical camps etc. Coast Guard personnel have actively participating in weekly Swatchh Sagar Abhiyan and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan awareness programmes.
On this momentous occasion, I extend my greetings to all members of the Coast Guard and wish them continued success in their future endeavours.