Indian Coast Guard will become one of the best in world Hindu: Special Correspondent NEW DELHI: In a span of two years, the Indian Coast Guard would be the among best in the world as there was a plan to induct more men, machine and material to patrol the 7,500-km shoreline, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said here on Wednesday. Underlining that the concept of security underwent a change after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to include threats from the sea, Mr. Antony said that in order to meet the additional responsibility of coastal surveillance given to the Coast Guard, the government had sanctioned 3,000 additional personnel to make it a potent force to counter terrorism from sea. The Coast Guard was in the process of acquiring 20 fast patrol vehicles, 41 interceptor boats, 12 coastal surveillance Dornier aircraft and seven off-shore patrol vehicles in addition to 46 coastal radars spanning nine coastal stations across the country. Recently, a Coast Guard Regional Headquarters was operationalised in Ahemdabad, while nine new Coast Guard stations would be established. The Minister, who released funds to the Coast Guard both for the platforms and radars on a fast track. â€œThese projects must be monitored carefully to ensure that these platforms are delivered on time, with requisite quality,â€ he said. He said that since its inception, the Coast Guard had maintained its fleet with minimum shore infrastructure and managing the fleet through outsourcing repairs and refit. With the massive expansion through ships acquisition, the force would develop the infrastructure. Top officials said the Coast Guard faced a problem of shortage of trained officers. It was planning to open its own academy. Bases:- -29 Coast Guard Stations -2 air bases, in Daman and Chennai -3 Air enclaves at Goa, Kolkata and Port Blair. Surface vessels:- 3300 tons: 3 , 2300 tons: 2 , 2005 tons: 1 , 220 tons: 7 , 200 tons: 15 , 2.4 tons: 8, 5.5 tons: 4 ,49 tons: 10 , 215 tons: 8 , 270 tons: 7, 203 tons: 2 , 32 tons: 5 , others:6. Under Construction/Order: 2230 tons: 1 , 1800 tons: 3 , 275 tons: 5 , 75 tons:6 , 75 tons:15. Hovercraft:- 6 Aircraft inventory:- Planes:24 Helicopters: HAL Dhruv(Attack): 5,HAL Dhruv(Utility): 4, A rospatiale SA 316 Alouette III(France): 17. [ NOTE: All figures dated on 29-10-2009 ] Web Site : www.indiancoastguard.nic.in The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is one of four branches of the Indian Armed Forces, tasked with the mission to guard the Republic of India's maritime interests.