Indian Coast Guard Vessel ICGS “Karnaklata Barua” commissioned in Kolkata
The Indian Coast guard Vessel Karnaklata Barua was commissioned at Kolkata on September 30, 2020 through video conferencing.
- The ICGS Kanaklata Barua is one among the five Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs)
- It has been built by Kolkata based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).
- The vessel was delivered in June, 2020.
- This is the 105th vessel delivered by the defence PSU shipyard.
- These ships can achieve speeds exceeding 34 knots with an endurance of 1,500 nautical miles or more.
- These are also fitted with 40/60 Gun as the main armament.
- The vessel is 49-metre-long and is designed to carry one high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and one Gemini boat that will help in swift boarding, search and rescue operations.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE)
The GRSE is a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU).
Indian Coast Guard
Indian Coast Guard is a Maritime Law Enforcement Agency, armed force, search and rescue agency that protects maritime interests of the country. It was established by coast Guard Act, 1978 in 1978. Ministry of Defence is the parent ministry of the Indian coast guard. The important missions of Indian Coast Guard includes,
- Protection of artificial Islands.
- Protection of marine ecology and environment.
- Protection of fishermen and mariners.
- Offshore security coordination, Coastal Security and national maritime search and rescue.
Coast Guard Stations in India
Currently, there are 42 Coast Guard Stations in India divided under five broad regional Headquarters. The Indian Coast Guard operates five Coast Guard Air Stations and ten Coast Guard Air Enclaves. The five regional headquarters include,
- North East Region, Kolkata
- Eastern Region, Chennai
- Western Region, Mumbai
- North West Region, Gandhinagar
- Andaman and Nicobar Region, Port Blair