Indian Coast Guard intensifies Anti-Piracy measures: 55-60 Ships deployed daily

One of the key components of the Coast Guard’s strategy involves the intensification of patrolling activities. The deployment of 55-60 surface assets on a daily basis underscores the organization’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of maritime traffic.

The Indian Coast Guard has taken proactive measures to enhance maritime security, employing a multifaceted approach to safeguard the nation’s maritime interests. Director General Rakesh Pal, in anticipation of the upcoming Coast Guard Day, shed light on the comprehensive strategies being implemented to counteract piracy threats effectively.

One of the key components of the Coast Guard’s strategy involves the intensification of patrolling activities. The deployment of 55-60 surface assets on a daily basis underscores the organization’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety of maritime traffic. This formidable fleet operates actively at sea, contributing to the deterrence of potential threats and bolstering the Coast Guard’s rapid response capabilities.

Director General Pal emphasized the proactive nature of the Coast Guard’s operations, with routine boarding and search procedures conducted on suspicious vessels transiting the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). These operations are instrumental in enforcing maritime regulations, preventing illicit activities, and maintaining order within the maritime domain. The Coast Guard’s vigilant presence along the coast, strategically positioned at a distance of 100-150 nautical miles, further enhances its capacity to swiftly respond to any incidents that may arise.

To stay ahead of evolving challenges, the Indian Coast Guard is leveraging advanced surveillance techniques and technologies. Director General Pal highlighted the integration of modern technologies such as artificial intelligence-based predictive maintenance. This approach ensures the optimal functioning of equipment and enhances the Coast Guard’s overall efficiency in monitoring and intercepting potential threats.

In line with the government’s push for self-reliance and indigenous manufacturing, the Coast Guard is actively procuring platforms and equipment from domestic sources. Director General Pal expressed the organization’s commitment to supporting the domestic defence industry, emphasizing that most platforms and equipment are sourced locally.

A recent milestone in this commitment is the signing of a significant contract worth Rs 1,614 crore for the procurement of six next-generation platforms. This investment not only fortifies the Coast Guard’s operational capabilities but also contributes to the growth and development of the indigenous defence manufacturing sector.