In an impressive Passing Out Parade, 32 Officer trainees of the rank of Assistant Commandants including five women of the Indian Coast Guard successfully completed the Coast Guard Law and Operations course at Coast Guard Training Centre at Kochi today. The Chief Guest, Inspector General VSR Murthy, Commander Coast Guard Region (Andaman & Nicobar) reviewed the Parade. Speaking on the occasion, the Inspector general said that the role and responsibilities of the Indian Coast Guard has grown in tandem with national interests. The resultant growth in maritime traffic calls for an efficient framework of maritime safety, security, environment protection, disaster management and law enforcement at sea. He exhorted the successful trainee officers to discharge their responsibilities in a befitting manner. Later in reply to a specific question during an informal interaction with the media, the Inspector general said that the four radars to be installed in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as part of coastal radar chain network are ready and would be installed soon. The radars would come up at East Island, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar and Port Blair he said.
Assistant Commandant Simranjeet Singh was awarded the ‘Director General Coast Guard “Sword of Honour” for being the Best All Round Officer of the batch. Assistant Commandant Ritesh Bhardwaj was awarded the book prize for scoring highest marks in the Law and Ops Course. The Twelve weeks course contained topics ranging from maritime law, ocean management and pollution response, search and rescue, fisheries and operations. Faculty from Law College, Passport Office, Police Department, Customs and Central Excise and Port Trust were invited to deliver lectures to the trainees. Educational visits to shipyards and boatyards were also held to enable understanding of ship construction, architecture and maintenance of ships and boats. A large gathering of Officers from Indian Navy, Coast Guard and their families witnessed the parade. Deputy Inspector General TKS Chandran, Commander Coast Guard District No 4 conducted the parade.