CHENNAI: The Indian Coast Guard has started taking measures to enhance the coastal security of new Coast Guard stations and has sent in a fleet of six interceptor boats along with Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkamal to be rebased in the Andaman and Nicobar region.
The rebasing plan is aimed at effective optimisation of Coast Guard assets towards safeguarding the maritime border of the nation.
The fleet was given a traditional farewell at the Chennai Port Trust Harbour as army band played a farewell tune.
Deputy Inspector General MA Thalha, chief of staff, Coast Guard Region (East), along with senior officials, bade an adieu to the Commanding Officers and men of the rebased ships.
Newly commissioned ICGS Arnvesh has already joined the Eastern Coast guard fleet as part of replacement.
The Ships set course for Andaman and Nicobar at 1130 hrs. The Coast Guard interceptor boats are being escorted by Advance Offshore Patrol Vessel Sagar to the Port of Blair for safe passage.
A Coast Guard official told Express that the idea was to have a uniform coast guard cover across the peninsula of India.