In­dian Coast Guard ship Arush com­mis­sioned

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

The In­dian Coast Guard ship Arush, the 17th in the se­ries of 20 fast pa­trol ves­sels (FPVs), de­signed and built by Cochin Ship­yard Limited, was com­mis­sioned at Kochi by the Coast Guard Com­man­der (Western Seaboard) Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral S.P.S. Basra. Basra termed the FPVs as the work­horses of Coast Guard. The flag of­fi­cer also dwelt upon the fast paced de­vel­op­ment of the In­dian Coast Guard and ac­knowl­edged its ef­forts to face the emerg­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the mar­itime do­main. He em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of coastal se­cu­rity in view of the asym­met­ric threats from the sea and em­pha­sised syn­ergy in co­op­er­a­tion amongst all stake­hold­ers to en­sure mar­itime safety in face of ne­far­i­ous de­signs. In­dian Coast Guard will be a 150 ships/ boats and 100 air­craft mar­itime force in next few years. In ad­di­tion to these op­er­a­tional as­sets, a coastal sur­veil­lance net­work is be­ing es­tab­lished with 46 sta­tions to en­sure real-time coastal sur­veil­lance.

The ship has been named ICGS Arush, lit­er­ally mean­ing ‘First Ray of Sun’, and will be based at Por­ban­dar un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional con­trol of the Com­man­der, Coast Guard Re­gion (North West). The ship is com­manded by Com­man­dant Pramod Pokhriyal and has com­ple­ment of four of­fi­cers and 33 en­rolled per­son­nel.

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