As many as 32 officer trainees of the rank of assistant commandants, including five women, successfully completed the Coast Guard Law and Operations course at the Coast Guard Training Centre in Kochi on Friday. The passing out parade was reviewed by Inspector General V S R Murthy, Commander, Coast Guard Region (Andaman and Nicobar).
Addressing the gathering, the Inspector General said the role and responsibilities of the Indian Coast Guard have grown in tandem with national interests. The resultant growth in maritime traffic calls for an efficient framework of maritime safety, security, environment protection, disaster management and law enforcement at sea, he said.
During an interaction with media, the Inspector General said that four radars to be installed in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as part of coastal radar chain network, were ready and would be installed soon. The radars would be installed at East Island, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar and Port Blair, he said.
Assistant Commandant Simranjeet Singh was awarded the Director General Coast Guard Sword of Honour for the best all-round officer of the batch. Assistant Commandant Ritesh Bharadwaj was awarded the book prize for scoring the highest in the course. The 12-week course contained topics ranging from maritime law, ocean management and pollution response, search and rescue, to fisheries and operations. Resource persons from Law College, Passport Office, Police Department, Customs and Central Excise and Port Trust were invited to deliver lectures.
Visits to shipyards and boatyards were also held to enable the trainees understand construction, architecture and maintenance of ships and boats.
Officers from Indian Navy, Coast Guard and their families witnessed the parade. Deputy Inspector General T K S Chandran, Commander, Coast Guard District No-4, conducted the parade.