Indian Coast Guard: News & Discussions

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  1. Patriot

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    Coast Guard gets more teeth


    28-m long high-speed ship, C-149, commissioned in Porbandar


    Indian Coast Guard’s indigenously built high-speed ship, C-149, was commissioned on Tuesday by Chief Secretary A K Joti in Porbandar in the presence of Coast Guard Commander (North-West) Satya Sharma.

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    The ICGS C-149, the seventh high-speed ship, will be based in Veraval, where Coast Guard had commissioned a new station on October 2.

    Built by ABG Shipyard, Surat, the 28-metre long ship with a 90 ton displacement is commanded by Commandant S Zakir Hussain with a crew of 12 sailors.

    It has an endurance of 500 nautical miles at an economical speed of 25 knots (kts). It can achieve a maximum speed of 45 kts, responding to any fast developing situation at sea. In addition, the ship is equipped with state-of–the–art navigational and communication equipment including satellite communication system. The ship is fitted with 12.7 mm ‘Prahari’ Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) for effective fire power beside other small arms.







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    ^^ IMO, ICG must be equipped with more aerial and amphibious modes of surveillance craft like more ALH Dhruv and NAL Saras (instead of Do-228) for aerial surveillance and sufficiently armored hovercraft that can reach speeds upto 80 mph easily and are armed with unguided multiple rockets and 50 caliber machine guns as well as stationed 50-caliber long range sniper units to take out any hostile boats and their occupants from far away.
     
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    Indian Coast Guard to induct 200 ships and 100 aircrafts by 2018

    The Indian Coast Guard is celebrating its 34 years of existence. Over the past three decades, the service has matured into a lean, professional and energetic force, undertaking with pride the various roles for which it was raised. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, AVSM, Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG) stated that “the growth of the service in the past two years has been momentous, as significant progress has been made on the acquisition, operational, infrastructure and human resource fronts. He underlined the fact that the Indian Coast Guard has established itself as the most potent non-military maritime force in the Indian Ocean Region, and has carved a niche for itself, both nationally and internationally.”

    Last year, the Coast Guard commissioned eight ships and three more are expected to be inducted by Mar 2011. The service is expected to achieve an effective strength of about 200 surface platforms and 100 aircraft by 2018.

    On the infrastructure front too, one District Headquarters, five CG stations and one air enclave have been established during 2010, and two more stations and a Regional Headquarters at Kolkata are being established by Mar 2011. By end 2012, there will be a total of 42 CG Stations, 05 Air Stations and 10 Air Enclaves functioning from various locations along the coast.

    Coast Guard has increased its sanctioned strength by about 1200 personnel during the year gone by. Many measures such as short service appointment for women officers and CPL holders, increase in number of recruitment centers, promotion of eligible subordinate officers, and special recruitment drives have been instituted.

    In order to keep the EEZ and the coastline under constant surveillance, a major thrust has been accorded to operations, with 18-20 ships and 04-05 aircraft being deployed every day. Further, for enhancing the surveillance capabilities a Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) along the coastline is being established. 46 such stations are being set-up under Phase-I, and 39 stations are planned under Phase-II of the scheme.

    For seamless security of the coast, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Coastal Security for all the coastal States / Union Territories have been promulgated by the service, and Coast Guard Stations and Coastal Marine Police Stations are functioning as ’Hub and Spoke’ for information outflow. Further, 36 Coastal Security Exercises and 30 Coastal Security Operations have been conducted to validate the Coastal Security Mechanism since Jan 2009. The service has also been actively involved in conduct of Community Interaction Programmes, activation of Coastal Security Helpline 1093 for all coastal States/Union Territories, Biometric Identity Cards for fishermen, uniform registration of fishing boats and monitoring of Coastal Security Schemes.

    Search & Rescue operations within the Indian Search and Rescue Region are undertaken by the Coast Guard, round-the-clock. The dedicated efforts of the Coast Guard have saved 559 lives during 2009-10. A successful multi-agency, Maritime Search & Rescue Exercise ‘SAREX-10’ was conducted at Chennai in Mar 10. A total of 41 medical evacuations were also undertaken during 2009-10.

    The pollution response operations undertaken for MV Chitra oil spill in Mumbai Port area in Aug 10, minimized the damage to the marine environment in and around Mumbai. The oil spill was dispersed by Coast Guard ships and aircraft, despite adverse weather and navigational hazards of drifting containers.

    The service has also been undertaking many proactive measures for prevention of marine oil spill by providing the pollution response training, audit of their response facilities, and conduct of pollution response exercises at local, regional and national level. It has been advocating the ports and the oil handling agencies to establish the oil spill contingency plans and Teir-I pollution response facilities. A National Level Pollution Response Exercise was conducted off Mumbai from 14-15 Jan 11 to assess the preparedness levels of various stakeholders.

    The Indian Coast Guard reaches out to fishermen and teaches them techniques of Survival at Sea, Rules and Regulations through Community Interaction Programs. 454 Community Interaction Programs have been conducted since Jan 2010.

    As India has acceded to various international conventions dealing with maritime safety and security, search and rescue and environment protection, the ICG is forging ties with maritime law enforcement agencies of the littorals towards making the seas safe, secure and clean in the region. The participation of an ICG delegation at the first ever International Coast Guard forum at Argentina recently, has acknowledged ICG as a leading Coast Guard in the region. The voluntary audit by IMO, conducted in 2010 for pollution response and SAR facilities applauded the preparedness and performance of ICG.

    Being one of the largest Coast Guards in the region, institutionalized visits as per Memorandum of Cooperation/ Understanding with JCG and KCG are being regularly conducted. In addition, a bi-annual Joint exercise Dosti is also conducted with the Maldives. These exercises help in conducting joint and coordinated responses when faced with natural calamities and disaster relief, marine oil spill response and search and rescue operations.

    http://frontierindia.net/indian-coast-guard-to-induct-200-ships-and-100-aircrafts-by-2018
     
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    they should aquire some sea king/ sea hawk type choppers for quick evac & commando action
     
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    Coast Guard: from seaboardl-defenders to environmental crusaders:

     
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    Coast Guard & Gujarat police bomb squad diffuse a grenade thrown by pirates on a ship

    Indian Coast Guard and Gujarat Police saved a cargo vessel from explosion on 6th march. In a joint operation by Indian Coast Guard and state police’s bomb disposal squad, a rocket propelled grenade thrown inside a cargo vessel by pirates was defused.

    The operation was carried out in the vessel MT Agea in the Arabian sea, about 15 nautical miles off the Okha coast in Jamnagar district, coast guard officials said.

    MT Agea, registered in Greece, was on its way to Port Sikka in Jamnagar from Antwerp in Belgium, when it was attacked by pirates, about 400 nautical miles away from Porbander.

    “The vessel was fired upon with arms and a rocket propelled grenade. One of the grenades hit the accommodation structure and did not explode,” said tha officials. They said that “the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) regional headquarters at Gandhinagar was intimated about the incident by the vessel.”

    http://frontierindia.net/coast-guar...diffuse-a-grenade-thrown-by-pirates-on-a-ship
     
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    India to Set Up Coast Guard Academy in Kerala

    With coastal security becoming a major area of conern, India's first Coast Guard Academy would be set up at Azheekkal near Kannur in north Kerala, Defence Minister AK Antony said on Sunday. Speaking after dedicating the Titanium Sponge Plant at the Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd at Chavara near here, Antony said 164 acres land for the Academy had already been acquired by KINFRA, state's infrastructure development agency.

    As coastal security was a major area of concern, the role of Coast Guard had increased in recent times. It was in view this that the Defence Ministry decided to set up an Academy exclusively to bring out personnel with specialised training in coastal security operations, he said. Indian Cost Guard had become an important agency in maintaining the security of the territorial waters of the country in view of terrorist threats and increasing presence of pirates.

    Antony said the Academy would have the potential to become one of best such institution in Asia.

    In ensuring the safety and security of fishermen along the Indian coast was also important. It was the Coast Guard which engage in rescue operations in times of natural calamities like Tsunami and helping the fishermen when they were in distress.

    The Rs 143.11 crore Titanimum Sponge Plant, fully funded by ISRO, is a major Centre-state joint venture project of strategic and scientific importance. With the commissioning of the plant, India would join select nations having the capability to develop titanium sponge after America, China, Russia, Japan, Ukraine and and Kazhakistan.

    http://www.india-defence.com/reports-5048
     
  8. venkat

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    pirates came all the way and 400 nautical miles close to Gujarat coast??? some thing is fishy!!!! somebody may be our dear neighbor might have transported them in ships or subs ,26/11 style!!! NIA should investigate the captured somalis and other pirates about their origin, intentions and motives.There is every possibility of ISI involvement!!!
     
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    the pirates contain paks, Banglas, lankans also....
    watch this video
     
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    Brahmos !!!do you have any statistics of the no. of ppl and their nationality ,taken hostages by pirates near somalia so far? I think Indians and india bound ships top the list which points to conspiracy and collusion of our enemies with the pirates!!!
     
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    Coast Guard Ships C-150, C-151 Commissioned

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    Indian Coast Guard Ships C-150 and C-151 were commissioned by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Director General Coast Guard at an impressive ceremony in Kochi today.


    The two ships are the 8th and 9th of the 11 Interceptor Boat (IB) class, designed and built indigenously by M/s ABG Shipyard, Surat. They are fitted with ultra modern navigational and communication equipment, and will be deployed for enhancing the close coast surveillance capability of Indian Coast Guard.

    The 28 metre ships displace 90 tons each, and have an endurance of 500 nautical miles with an economical speed of 25 knots. They can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots for responding to urgent calls at sea, and are equipped with advanced navigational and communication equipment. In addition to small arms, the IBs are fitted with 12.7 mm ‘Prahari’ Heavy Machine Gun (HMG).

    C-150 and C-151 are commanded by Commandant Ashok Kumar and Commandant RK Sinha, and will be based at Vizhinjam and Kakinada respectively. The commissioning ceremony was attended by Inspector General SPS Basra, Commander Coast Guard Region (West), senior officers from the Navy and Central and State Governments.
     
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    Most probably i saw this ship in the ABG shipping yard when i was at surat 3-4 months ago, it was near completion then but didn't figured it out that it was for Indian Coast Guard.
     
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    After 26/11, Coast Guard is changing rapidly.

    Coast Guard issued RFIs for Ground Helicopters, Advance radars and Maritime Aircrafts (Similar to Indian Navy tender for Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft).


    Also they shown a lot of interest for acquiring a AWACS. The C-295 surveillance-capable would be good choice, since The plane is a new cheap European alternative to big surveillance.
     
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    Question,..........Can we fit CIWS type guns in our present Coast Guard Ships??

    Here is a picture of a Russian Coast Guard ship. Instead of cannons, its fitted AK-630 machine guns.


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    Rolls secures Indian deal

    Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply 60 water jets for a new fleet of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard. Water jets enable the vessels – to be used in search and rescue as well as patrol and anti-smuggling operations – to operate in shallow waters and offer speed and manoeuvrability, Rolls said.

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    Exercise Neptune – IV to begin at Lakshadweep Islands tomorrow

    Exercise Neptune – IV to begin at Lakshadweep Islands tomorrow

    November 14th, 2011


    Exercise Neptune, the periodic exercise to test the coastal defence preparedness of Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands will commence tomorrow. This edition of the exercise called Neptune – IV and scheduled by Commander in Chief Coastal Defence, will see the participation of Indian Coast Guard, Navy, and elements of Indian Army, Indian Reserve Battalion, Lakshadweep administration and other agencies involved in coastal security.

    Ships and aircraft of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard are participating in the exercise which will be held over two days. Commander District headquarters No 12 based at Lakshadweep and Naval Officer in Charge (Lakshadweep and Minicoy) will coordinate the conduct of the exercise. Headquarters Southern Naval Command will monitor Neptune-IV from Joint Operations Center, Kochi.

    Coastal Security Exercise Neptune – IV to begin at Lakshadweep Islands tomorrow - Indian Defence
     
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    Coast Guard floats tender for 16 choppers

    New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard has floated a global tender worth over USD 200 million to procure 16 light helicopters to be deployed on its warships for preventing any 26/11 type attack.

    "The global Request for Proposal (RFP) for procuring these choppers was issued a couple of months ago and companies have been asked to submit their bids by December," a Defence Ministry official told a news agency

    The RFP has been sent to three companies - Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Sikorsky, they said. Eurocopter is planning to field its twin-engined Panther helicopter.

    According to the RFP, the Coast Guard wants these choppers to be equipped with surveillance devices to carry out search and rescue roles in coastal areas, they said.

    The procurement is part of Coast Guard's efforts to enhance its capabilities to tackle terrorism and other threats emanating from the sea.

    Deployment of the choppers on offshore patrol vessels and other large-size ships of the Coast Guard will help in expanding its reach in the maritime zone to locate suspicious boats and other vessels, they said.

    The choppers will also have light and medium machine guns on board.

    To revamp the coastal security mechanism post 26/11, the government had sanctioned several fast-track acquisitions of equipment worth thousands of crores rupees, like fast attack craft, patrolling vessels, Dornier surveillance aircraft, helicopters and coastal radars.

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    India's coastal security plan yet to take off


    By Sarwar Kashani, IANS | 25 November 2011

    New Delhi/Mumbai : India's much hyped maritime defence plan remains hurdled by procurement delays and turf wars, three years after 10 Pakistani terrorists sailed into Mumbai undetected, exposing the holes in the country's coastal security.
    The government had decided to go for a comprehensive overhaul of the coastal security architecture and had drawn a blueprint of the proposal.

    This included installing coastal radar surveillance network, a chain of automatic identification system (AIS) stations, setting up a special security force Sagar Prahari Bal (SPB), issuing fishermen identity cards and creating a maritime intelligence network NC3IN or the National Command Control Communication and Intelligence.

    But all these proposals are nowhere near becoming operational, leaving India's 7,600-km long coastline as vulnerable as it was during the Mumbai terror atttack.

    The maritime border runs through nine states - Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal - and four union territories: Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    An official pointed out that inordinate delays in execution was the reason why there were incidents like "abandoned vessels or ghost ships" breaching the three-tier security ring of the Indian Navy and almost reaching India's shores.

    The official was referring to the August episode of MV Pavit, which drifted to the Mumbai shore undetected. The Panama-flagged vessel had sunk after it was abandoned off the Oman coast June 29 before getting grounded off Juhu Versova beach.

    Officials privately admitted to IANS that many of coastal security proposals were hampered because of "bureaucratic hurdles, procurement delays and turf wars between security agencies", including the navy and the Coast Guard.

    For example: Indian Coast Guard, the principal agency for maintaining security in the maritime zones, is operating at virtually half its required strength.

    The force has only 65 percent of the required force-levels of ships and vessels, and 48 percent in terms of aircraft and helicopters.

    This has even drawn flak from the Comptroller and Auditor General's report of 2011.

    The government, as per its coastal security plan, also wanted continuous monitoring of 3,331 designated coastal villages, tens of thousands of fishing boats and securing major and non-major ports and harbours.

    For this, the government had proposed to issue biometric identity cards to all fishermen. This is being handled by state governments. This initiative was being funded by the union home ministry.

    It had also proposed to register sailing vessels. Boats larger than 20 feet already need an AIS, without which they would be treated as potentially unfriendly vessels.

    The defence ministry had requested to make this compulsory even for boats below 20 feet. The proposal is being studied by the ministry of shipping.

    The joint operation centres of the navy and the Coast Guard at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi and Port Blair are also under-staffed.

    "Till everything is set in place, adequate manpower, force-levels, equipment, we cannot claim to have a fully secured coastline," a senior official told IANS.

    He said the navy and Coast Guard had stepped up their sea patrolling by 60-80 percent and aerial surveillance by 100 percent.

    However, the aerial and sea patrolling need to be backed by continuous electronic surveillance to make supervision really effective, the official said.

    For this the navy and Coast Guard had sought static coastal radar surveillance network. They had asked for 46 radars, 36 on the mainland, six in Lakshadweep and Minicoy and four in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    The project worth over Rs.602 crore was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security in February 2009. But the contract is yet to be inked, the official admitted, saying bureaucratic hurdles were delaying the project.

    The fate of the proposed AIS stations is no different. The AIS is aimed at locating and tracking merchant and fishing vessels.
    The NC3IN intelligence network that would link 51 nodes of navy and Coast Guard is also hanging fire. The defence ministry has claimed that the project would be completed by 2012.

    The SPB was supposed to have 98 officers, 902 sailors and 80 fast-interception boats for security of naval bases. This is also yet to take off.

    So far only 11 officers and some 250 sailors, with rented boats, have being positioned. Officials said the first four fast interception boats were likely to be delivered by the end of this year.

    The only thing that went right after the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people is coast policing.

    The government has been able to establish nearly 100 coastal police stations. This is being paid for by the central government.

    India's coastal security plan yet to take off | TwoCircles.net
     

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