Port Blair, Dec 24 (IBNS) Indian Coast Guard Station (IGCS) Mayabunder, the first CG Station in the North Andaman Islands was commissioned by Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma on Monday.
The station is a 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 interests.
Speaking on the occasion, Sharma lauded the efforts of the Indian 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 further 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.
Addressing the gathering, 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 VSR Murthy, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) and senior officials from the A&N administration were also present on the occasion.