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Indian Coast Guard had a cautious yet busy 2015

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  • During the year Indian Coast Guard vessels and crafts seized contraband worth of Rs. 618.370 crore.
  • It had apprehended as of 15 December 2015, two smuggling vessels and 16 poaching boats and arrested 159 crew for illegal entry into Indian Territorial Waters.
  • During the year, it undertook 179 Search and Rescue (SAR) missions and saved the lives of 3756 distressed persons on the high seas.

New Inductions/Commissioning

  • ICGS ‘Samarth’ the first in the series of six indigenously-built Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) was commissioned on November 10, 2015 in Goa by the Defence Minister. Fitted with the most advanced state-of-the-art technology, navigation and communications equipment, sensors and machinery, the OPV is 105 metres long and has been designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd. Based in Goa, ICGS Samarth has been deployed primarily for Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance and other duties on the Western Seaboard to safeguard India’s maritime interests.
  • The year also saw commissioning of eight Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) namely ICGS Ameya, Amogh, Anagh, Ankit, Anmol, Apoorva, Arinjay & Rani Durgavati.
  • Besides these, 12 Interceptor Boats and one Pollution Control Vessel (PCV) ICGS ‘Samudra Pavak’ were also inducted in Coast Guard during the year 2015.

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