Coast Guard sta­tion Karaikal com­mis­sioned


Coast Guard Sta­tion Karaikal, the fifth CG sta­tion on the Puducherry-Tamil Nadu coast­line, was com­mis­sioned by Vice Ad­mi­ral M.P. Mu­ralid­ha­ran, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of In­dian Coast Guard at Karaikal re­cently. In­spec­tor Gen­eral S.P. Sharma, the Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion (East), and se­nior of­fi­cials from the Puducherry Ad­min­is­tra­tion wit­nessed the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony.

The sta­tion is part of on­go­ing ef­forts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal se­cu­rity along the In­dian coast­line. The sta­tion at Karaikal will help aug­ment pa­trolling along the east coast and pre­vent il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties such as in­fil­tra­tion, smug­gling and il­le­gal fish­ing.

Vice Ad­mi­ral M.P. Mu­ralid­ha­ran said the need for main­tain­ing con­tin­u­ous vigil along the na­tion’s coastal and maritime bor­ders was ur­gent and called for con­tin­ued syn­ergy and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween var­i­ous agen­cies in­volved in coastal and maritime se­cu­rity. He fur­ther stated that the Coast Guard had ini­ti­ated sev­eral far-reach­ing projects to aug­ment force lev­els as also man­power to meet ex­ist­ing and fu­ture maritime chal­lenges.

Coast Guard Sta­tion Karaikal will func­tion un­der the ad­min­is­tra- tive and op­er­a­tional con­trol of the Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion (East) through the Com­man­der Coast Guard Dis­trict Head­quar­ter-5 lo­cated at Chen­nai. Com­man­dant P.R. Lochen has been ap­pointed as the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the sta­tion.

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