Indian Coast Guard Current Affairs - 2019

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ReSAREX-2019: ICG conducts Regional level Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise-2019

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted the ‘Regional Level Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise 2019’: ReSAREX- 19 off Goa coast. The two-day event was organised by Coast Guard District Headquarters-11 (Goa) to test efficiency and preparedness of ICG.

About ReSAREX- 19

The exercise comprised of a search and rescue workshop and table top exercise, followed by a search and rescue exercise at sea

Participants: Dornier aircraft, 5 ICG ships, 2 Chetak helicopters were used for workshop. Moreover, the resources from Captain of Ports, Indian Mission Control Centre (Bengaluru), State Marine Police, Goa Medical College, Goa state administration and Marmugao Port Trust were also pressed into service.

Need: With increase in maritime and fishing activities being further complicated by frequent cyclones, the maritime search and rescue services still remains a challenge and need to respond to every situation with utmost clarity, and by exercising full coordination with other support agencies. The workshop also assumes significance in the wake of recent search and rescue operations carried out during cyclones Kyaar and Maha.

GRSE delivers Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS Annie Besant to Indian Coast Guard

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) delivered Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS Annie Besant to Indian Coast Guard (ICGS) in Kolkata, West Bengal. This is second in the series of five such FPVs being built by GRSE for Indian Coast Guard and the 101st warship to be delivered by shipyard.

The entire design of these FPVs has been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by ICG. At present GRSE has a strong order book position of about Rs.27,400 crore under which there are a total of 22 warships at various stages of construction.

About ICGS Annie Besant

It is a medium-range vessel with 50 metres in length, 7.5 metres in width and displacement of nearly 308 tonnes. It is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of over 1,500 nautical miles.

The ICGS Annie Besant is equipped with three main engines with advanced control systems, water jet units as well as an Integrated Bridge System (IBS) with all communication and navigation systems. It is also fitted with 40/60 gun as main armament.

The FPV is capable of operations in maritime zones of country. It has powerful, fuel-efficient platforms which are designed to perform multipurpose operations such as patrolling, rescue operations, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching.