ICGS Gopalpur com­mis­sioned

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

In­dian Coast Guard Sta­tion (ICGS) Gopalpur, the sec­ond Coast Guard Sta­tion in Odisha af­ter Paradip, was com­mis­sioned by the Chief Sec­re­tary of Odisha, Bi­jaya Ku­mar Pat­naik, in the pres­ence of Lt Gen­eral V.K. Sax­ena, Com­man­dant, Air De­fence Col­lege, Gopalpur; In­spec­tor Gen­eral K.C. Pande, PTM, TM, Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion (NE), of­fi­cials from the Odisha state and district ad­min­is­tra­tion, se­nior of­fi­cers from the In­dian Army and the In­dian Navy.

The sta­tion is a part of the on­go­ing ef­forts by the Coast Guard to strengthen mar­itime and coastal se­cu­rity. The as­sets based at Gopalpur will help aug­ment pa­trolling along the south Odisha coast for safe­guard­ing In­dian mar­itime in­ter­ests.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the Chief Sec­re­tary lauded the ef­forts of the In­dian Coast Guard in main­tain­ing a high state of vigil off the Odisha coast, sav­ing pre­cious hu­man lives dur­ing search and res­cue (SAR) op­er­a­tions and aid­ing the state ad­min­is­tra­tion dur­ing cy­clones, floods and other nat­u­ral calami­ties. He also praised the key role played by the ser­vice in the pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment and en­dan­gered species.

The Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion, North East, in his ad­dress dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony, stressed the need for main­tain­ing con­tin­u­ous vigil of this strate­gi­cally im­por­tant mar­itime state. He fur­ther stated that the Coast Guard had ini­ti­ated sev­eral far-reach­ing mea­sures to aug­ment force lev­els and man­power to meet ex­ist­ing and fu­ture mar­itime chal­lenges.

Coast Guard Sta­tion Gopalpur will func­tion un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional con­trol of the Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion (NE), Kolkata, through the Com­man­der Coast Guard District Head­quar­ter-7 lo­cated at Paradip. Com­man­dant Ramendra Rajkamal has been ap­pointed as the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the sta­tion.

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