Indian Coast Guard Station (ICGS) Mayabunder, the first in the North Andaman Islands, was commissioned by Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma today (Dec 24).
An official press release said the station is part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen maritime and coastal security and the assets based at Mayabunder will help augment patrolling along the Northern Group of Islands for safeguarding Indian maritime
Mr Sharma lauded the efforts of the Coast Guard in maintaining a high state of vigil in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands resulting in apprehension of a large number of poachers and saving of precious human lives during search and rescue operations.
He said that the implementation of the Coastal Surveillance Network project would be a major milestone in ensuring near gap-free radar surveillance of these Islands.
Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Air Marshal P K Roy stressed the need for maintaining continuous vigil of this strategically important archipelago. He further stated that the Coast Guard had initiated several far-reaching measures to augment force levels and manpower to meet existing and future maritime challenges.
Coast Guard Station Mayabunder will function under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) through the Commander Coast Guard District Headquarter-9 located at Diglipur. Commandant (JG) Umed Singh has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of the station.
Inspector General V S R Murthy, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) and senior officials from the A&N administration were also present on the occasion.