Indian Coast Guard
has set in motion its expansion plans and aims to expand its aircraft inventory
by acquiring 16 advanced light helicopters and 50 vessels.
This is part of the coastguards overall plan to have 200 ships and 100 aircraft
by 2025. At present, there are 145 ships and 62 aircrafts, Coast Guard Director-General
Krishnaswamy Natarajan told reporters on the sidelines of the 19th India-Japan
Coast Guard Exercise, on January 16th.
50 ships under construction in
various Indian shipyards; coast guard’s plan to have 200 ships by 2025; at
present, 145 ships
“Today, we have 50
ships under construction in various Indian shipyards and apart from that we
have 16 advanced light helicopter MKIII under production with HAL, Bengaluru,”
Coast Guard apprehended around Rs 2,000 crore worth of drugs with most of them
from the Western Coast during last year, he said.
The first of the
twin-engine helicopter is expected to be put into operations in the next two
months, he said adding that 14 more similar helicopters and six multi-mission
maritime aircraft, which will have a capability of maintaining surveillance in
our exclusive economic zone, will be acquired later.
Joint exercise strengthened ties between
India and Japan
On the joint exercise
between India and Japan, which happened nearly 50 nautical miles off Chennai’s
coast, he said this has further strengthened the ties between the two
Japan Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Takahiro Okushima said the relationship
between the two coast guards was getting stronger every year. One ship of
Japanese Coast Guard and four ships and an aircraft of Indian Coast Guard took
part in the exercise.
It was led by Commanding Officer Captain Kiyoshi Harada, who was on board the
‘Echigo PLH08’. The exercise marked demonstration of search and rescue,
anti-piracy, external fire-fighting and sharing of best practices.