Coast Guard training ship Varuna celebrates silver jubilee
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.