Indian shipyard to build patrol ships for Việt Nam’s border guard

August 16, 2019 – India’s Larsen & Toubro shipyard has launched a project to build 12 high-speed vessels for the Việt Nam Border Guard, funded by the Indian government’s credit package. The launch ceremony on August 14 drew Rear Admiral KJ Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding of the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area and Deputy Commander of the Việt Nam Border Guard Force Lieut. Gen. Hoàng Đăng Nhiễu, who led a Vietnamese delegation to the event. Addressing the ceremony, Lieut. Gen. Nhiễu said Vietnamese and Indian leaders are very attentive…

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Coast Guards of India and Sri Lanka agree to strengthen co-operation in addressing maritime issues

August 20, 2019 – The Indian Coast Guard held a High-Level Meeting (HLM) with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters here today. The Indian side was led by Director General, Coast Guard K Natarajan, while the Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge. The meeting took place under the provisions of the MoU signed between the two sides for the establishment of a collaborative relationship to combat transnational illegal activities at sea and develop regional co-operation. During the meeting, both sides agreed to strengthen…

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Indian Coast Guard Personnel Strength has Doubled

July 24, 2019 – The Government has established a robust maritime search and rescue framework to address and respond to various contingencies in deep sea and in coastal areas of India, which includes distress onboard fishing boats and merchant vessels, safety of life during marine incidents and SAR (Search and Rescue) response during cyclones etc. Director General Indian Coast Guard has been designated as the Chairman of National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB), which constitutes members from national/coastal state administration/agencies. The sanctioned strength of Coast Guard has increased from…

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Coast guards bear heavy but glorious responsibility: PM

July 12, 2019 (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc had a working session yesterday with the Việt Nam Coast Guard (VCG) High Command in Hà Nội, saying the force’s responsibility is “as heavy as it is glorious.” At the High Command’s headquarters, PM Phúc spoke to VCG officers and soldiers who serve on the country’s seas. He said he understood their hardships and asked the force to uphold their political steadfastness and to weather every difficulty so as to fulfil all their tasks. VCG Commander Lt. Gen. Nguyễn Văn…

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Shri Krishnaswamy Natarajan Becomes 23rd Chief of Indian Coast Guard

June 30, 2019 – Shri Krishnaswamy Natarajan took over as 23rd chief of Indian Coast Guard here today. A 5th Batch Officer of the Indian Coast Guard, he joined the service in January 1984. During the initial years, he specialized in select core competencies viz. Search and Rescue as well as Maritime Safety and Port Operations, at the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Centre, Yorktown, Virginia. The incoming Director General holds a Master’s Degree in Defence & Strategic Studies from Madras University and is an alumnus of the Defence Services…

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ICGS Sujeet Launched at Goa Shipyard

May 22, 2019 – The 2nd Vessel of the indigenous Project for 05 Offshore Patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard was ceremoniously launched on 25 May 2019 at Goa Shipyard Limited. Mrs Seema Mittal, wife of Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Sanjiv Mittal performed the launching rituals and named the vessel as ‘Sujeet’. The first vessel of ship class was launched three months earlier by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 21 Feb 2019. The ceremony was attended by Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) – ADG K Natarajan, PTM,…

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US, Philippine Coast Guards conduct joint search and rescue exercise

May 14, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) and vessels from the Philippine coast guard conducted joint search-and-rescue exercises Tuesday in the South China Sea west of Manila. The Bertholf, a 418-foot National Security Cutter based in Alameda, California, worked together with the Philippine coast guard vessels Batangas and Kalanggaman on small boat search-and-rescue tactics to effect the mock rescue of a person in the water. The Bertholf is in the midst of a Western Pacific deployment under the tactical control of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.…

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Floreal Trains With Seychelles Coast Guard

May 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – Currently deployed on a counter-terrorism mission in the Indian Ocean within Task Force 150 (TF150), the surveillance frigate Floréal was calling at Port Victoria in Seychelles on 24 April. A step that allowed French sailors to conduct several training actions for the benefit of the Seychellois military. A delegation of ten Seychelles Air Force (SAF) seamen went aboard for training focused on the organization and operation of a helicopter carrier building. The visit of the light aviation facilities on board allowed them to better…

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Saab to Deliver Communication System to Norwegian Coast Guard Vessels

January 15, 2019 – Saab has signed a contract with Vard Group AS to take on the communication integrator role for the Norwegian Coast Guard project P6615. Saab will provide the Norwegian Coast Guard’s three newly ordered vessels with Saab’s complete Integrated Communication System, TactiCall, consisting of both internal and external communication. “The third generation of TactiCall is able to meet the customer’s tough requirements. It combines and matches both human and tactical conditions and is easy to operate,” says Ellen Molin, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business…

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ST Engineering’s Marine Arm Secures New Contracts

January 14, 2019 – ST Engineering announced today that its Marine arm has won S$560m worth of new contracts in the last quarter of 2018. The award of these contracts demonstrates the sector’s ability to deliver total marine and environmental engineering solutions at its facilities in Singapore and the US. Fast Patrol Boats For the Singapore Police Coast Guard The Ministry of Home Affairs has awarded ST Engineering a contract for the design, construction and maintenance of Fast Patrol Boats for the Singapore Police Coast Guard. Construction of the boats…

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Indian Navy Completes Refit of Maldivian Coast Guard Ship Huravee

November 15, 2018 – Maldivian Coast Guard Ship (MCGS) Huravee successfully completed her refit at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam (ND(V)) and the ship was formally handed over to Major Mohamed Jamshad, Commanding Officer MCGS Huravee at a ceremony on 15 November 2018. The chief guest for the function, Rear Admiral Amit Bose, Admiral Superintendent ND(V) assured continued support of the Indian Navy to the Maldivian Coast Guard. The Commanding Officer also took this opportunity to thank the Indian Navy for successful completion of the refit. The four-month long refit of MCGS…

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ARES will build 14 patrol boats for the coast guard of Oman

November 15, 2018 (Google Translation) – Turkish boat building company ARES Shipyard announced on November 13, 2018 that it signed a contract to build 14 high-speed patrol boats of the Ares 85 Hercules project for the Coast Guard of the Royal Oman Police (Royal Oman Police Coast Guard – ROPCG). The contract was awarded to ARES based on the results of an international tender, in which ten shipyards from different countries participated, the parameters of the contract were not disclosed. Image of the Ares 85 Hercules patrol boat of the…

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National Assembly Discusses Coast Guard’s Role

November 6, 2018 – In an afternoon session, the National Assembly discussed the draft Law on Vietnamese Coast Guard, which defines the force’s mission as to fight criminal activities, ensure safety and support fishermen. The Vietnamese Coast Guard will also play a role in protecting the country’s sovereignty and uphold order within the country’s maritime territory. Deputy Bố Thị Xuân Linh said for the last 20 years, the Vietnamese Coast Guard has shown dedication in fulfilling its mission at sea. The force also enjoys widespread recognition within the regional and…

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Reliance Naval Launches Indian Coast Guard Training Ship

October 24, 2018 – A state-of-the-art Training Ship of 3,000 tonnes displacement was launched today at the shipyard of Reliance Naval & Engineering, located at the Port of Pipavav, Gujarat. The training ship, the largest ship ever built for the Indian Coast Guard, was launched at the auspices of Smt Urmila Singh, wife of Sh Rajendra Singh, the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard. The ship was named by Smt. Urmila Singh as ICGS Varuna, at a ceremony attended by a large gathering of Coast Guard officers and sailors,…

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Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs Awards Record-Breaking Maritime Simulator Contract to KONGSBERG

October 15, 2018 – KONGSBERG has landed its largest ever simulator contract in a SGD 21.2 million deal with the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs. The contract, executed by Kongsberg Digital Maritime Simulation, will see the delivery in Q1 2020 of four advanced K-Sim Tactical Boat Handling and Firing Simulators with a 10 year comprehensive maintenance agreement to the Singapore Police Coast Guard. The new simulator facility is being established to provide highly realistic Tactical Boat Handling and Fast Interception training for the Singapore Police Coast Guard. Kongsberg Digital will…

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