A day at sea

Commemorating 43rd Raising Day of Indian Coast Guard

S Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @svs037 

Sea front in Chennai was the centre of attraction on recently as Indian Coast Guard conducted a day at sea. The event was done to mark the 43rd Raising Day and saw a participation of Coast Guard ships Samudra Paheredar, Sagar, Shuarya, Sarang Abheek, Rani Abbakka, Rani Avantibai, Rani Gaidinliu, Anagh, C-438, C-436.
They sailed off Chennai on 18, 19 and 20 January with dignitaries from state, civil and defence organisation in addition to the families of Coast Guard personnel, civilians from Chennai based units. 
The fleet displayed various Coast Guard charters like combating piracy, search and rescue. Demonstration by Coast Guard helicopters, close range target firing, boarding operations and high speed manoeuvres were also held. 
The exercises conducted by CG ships and aircraft enthralled the spectators during the day at sea. Inspector General S Paramesh, Commander, Coast Guard Region, East interacted with the guests and families of Coast Guard Personnel on board. 
The highlight of the day was the opportunity provided to the fishermen family and their wards to have a sea experience and encourage their kids to opt for Coast Guard Service for their career.
As the fourth largest Coast Guard in the World, the Indian Coast Guard has played a significant role in securing the Indian coast and enforcing the regulations within the maritime zone of India.
True to its motto ‘Vayam Rakshamah’ meaning ‘We Protect’ the service has to its credit saving of 9290 lives, 342 medical evacuations and apprehension of 13,203 defaulters and law breakers since inception.

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