Coast Guard train­ing ship Varuna cel­e­brates sil­ver ju­bilee

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Coast Guard Ship (CGS) Varuna cel­e­brated 25 years of glo­ri­ous ser­vice to the na­tion on Fe­bru­ary 27. Com­mis­sioned on Fe­bru­ary 27, 1988, at Mum­bai, the ship as the train­ing ship of In­dian Coast Guard has served as the alma mater to about 600 of­fi­cers of the In­dian Coast Guard. DIG T.K.S. Chan­dran, Com­man­der, Coast Guard District No 4, and a host of Navy and Coast Guard per­son­nel were present on­board on the oc­ca­sion.

CGS Varuna has also taken part in sev­eral search and res­cue mis­sions and ap­pre­hen­sion of con­tra­band at sea. The DIG also re­leased a com­mem­o­ra­tive cof­fee ta­ble book on the oc­ca­sion. Visit to an or­phan­age by the fam­i­lies of the crew and the tra­di­tional cake-cut­ting cer­e­mony were the other high­lights of the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. Com­man­der K.M. Arun Ku­mar com­mands the ship which is cur­rently based at Kochi as part of the First Train­ing Squadron of the In­dian Navy. The ship has a crew of 99 en­rolled per­son­nel and 11 of­fi­cers and can train 24 of­fi­cer cadets on­board.

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