Indian Coast Guard steps up vigil
CHENNAI: Indian Coast Guard vessels are carrying out coordinated
patrolling to keep up surveillance to check any LTTE infiltration along
the Tamil Nadu coast, Director General of Indian Coast Guard, Vice
Admiral R. F. Contractor said on Tuesday.
He was answering a question on the looming LTTE infiltration in view
of the offensive by the Army in Killinochchi.
In view of the threat perception of any infiltration along the coast,
the Coast Guard has increased patrolling and enhanced vigilance,
Contractor told reporters on board CG Vivek. Elaborating the new vision
for the modernisation of Indian Coast Guard, he said: "To protect the
country's Exclusive Economic Zone, which is expected to increase
further in coming years, we have the 15 years Perspective Plan for
According to the plan is being envisaged to enhance the capabilities,
old vessels would be decommissioned soon and the manpower from those
vessels could be redeployed in other patrol ships, he added.
"Nearly 20 new patrolling vessels, including an Advanced Offshore
Patrol Vessel (AOPV), pollution control vessels, offshore patrol vessels
and inshore patrol vessels will be added to the service by March 2009,"
Contractor said the AOPV, Samrat fitted with latest and sophisticated
equipment would be commissioned this month.
Contractor, who will be retiring after 37 years of service on
November 30, was given a 'Guard of Honour' off Chennai coast by a fleet
of eight patrolling vessels.
He took the guard of honour on board CG Vivek.