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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Singha » 25 Apr 2015 07:30

Cg main ships need to get hwt launchers, Desi towed sonar , rbu and train more with navy asw groups.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby arun » 25 Apr 2015 10:52

arun wrote:X Posted from the STFUP thread.

India Today also reports that Pakistan Navy attempts to help Pakistani boat carrying 232 Kilograms of narcotics apprehended by a joint Indian Navy and Coast Guard team to escape arrest.

Attempt to engineer an escape of the Pakistani boat by the Pakistan Navy foiled due to “heavy presence of Indian Navy and Coast Guard warships”.

Given the attempt of the Pakistan navy to engineer an escape of the Pakistani drug smugglers, our Government must do a thorough check to rule out that this was not a Pakistan State sponsored narcotic smuggling ring with intent to raise funding from narcotics to foment Mohammadden Terrorism in our country:

Pakistan boat seizure: Crew contacted Pakistan Navy for help


SSridhar wrote:Narcotics in Pakistani boat may have been to fund terror - Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, Economic Times
Government officials suspect that narcotics worth hundreds of crores found in a Pakistani boat seized off Gujarat coast earlier this week was perhaps meant to finance terror with institutional backing even as Islamabad has blamed New Delhi for not sharing information on the vessel.

Government sources told ET that while it is too early to say whether cross-border terror groups had any sinister design and that interrogation of the crew members only could reveal the truth, the motive behind smuggling drugs could have been to finance terror. Indian Navy and Coast Guard had in a joint operation seized a boat carrying 232 kg of heroin, with estimated street value of Rs 600 crore, and eight Pakistani crew members from international waters off Gujarat coast on Monday.

Some media reports claimed that both boats had the same handlers.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby vishvak » 25 Apr 2015 13:25

The ICG people need to learn from this. Next time if something like this happens, the ICG must have right to be more pro-active and sink any ship that helps narcotics smugglers from heaven and their boats from heaven.

Since the smugglers are caught alive this time, there is not much controversy. This narcotics boat from heaven and information from smugglers seem to be below radar.

What a farce! The CGI has to keep on toes so that our barbaric 'neighbors' do not succeed pushing through narcotics, this time even contacting the Pakistani CG for help! The govt needs to learn from such examples and search every boat - even in international waters. Or else CGI will merely sit within Indian shores, waiting for ships from heaven, and such narcotics ships and smugglers from heaven just need to push their filthy goods just when no one is looking!

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby arun » 25 Apr 2015 14:55

Indian Express headline says "‘Boat blown up, heroin vessel had same handlers,’ Intelligence agencies say":

Indian Express

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Aditya G » 27 Apr 2015 20:06

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-in ... rd-2081178

The ICG submitted that it cannot take responsibility for the security of the fishermen if they entered Sri Lankan waters and there was confrontation between them and the Lankan Navy.

A counter-affidavit to this effect was filed by Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Deputy Director General, KR Nautial on a contempt petition against officials for not "obeying" the earlier court orders on providing security for fishermen.
The stand may not go down well in the state where the island nation comes under flak from politicians and government for mid-sea 'attacks' and arrests of the state's fishermen.


The affidavit said the Indian fishermen had never been attacked in Indian waters and that neither the Coast Guard nor Navy permitted any of the Sri Lankan vessels to come to Indian territory.

"After the culmination of civil war (in Sri Lanka in 2009), it is reported that Indian fishermen are resorting to smuggling contraband including drugs due to the developing relationship with their counterparts in Sri Lanka and better monetary returns for such practices," the affidavit said.

"They were also using banned methods of fishing, using high power motors, causing damage to Sri Lankan fishing gear and caught in the act of smuggling contraband and other unlawful activities like mid-sea attack between Indian fishermen and their counterparts," the coast guard said.

Besides, they (Indian fishermen) crossed International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and entered Sri Lankan waters for better catch as fisheries resources depleted in India.

This led to action by the Sri Lankan navalmen. During 2014 and up to March, 2015, a total of 185 boats had been impounded and action taken against 937 crew, it said. Similarly, the Sri Lankan Navy had reported to the Indian High Commission 36,865 instances of Indian fishermen poaching in the island waters.

The ICG had provided 280 distress alert transmitters besides giving emergency numbers to the fishermen, it said adding, however, they did not call the Coast Guard or navy in distress. Petitioner S M Ananthamurugan sought contempt action against the Union Cabinet Secretary and others for not obeying earlier court orders in providing security for the fishermen.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Aditya G » 27 Apr 2015 22:27

Singha wrote:Cg main ships need to get hwt launchers, Desi towed sonar , rbu and train more with navy asw groups.


An interesting question. "What role will ICG play during war?" An article quoted on the previous page says:

The water jet-propelled ships are also capable of providing communication link and escorting convoys during hostilities and war.

- The highest firepower some of our ICG OPVs pack in is the form of a 76 mm Oto or a couple with 2x30 mm CRN-91s in super configuration. I believe these will help in forcing suspect ships to stop (obviously not enemy warships) and last line of defence of our vital installations. There are no radars so at maximum EO ball sensor for guidance. Many are equipped with a 40mm bofors which will be aimed with eye ball mark1.

- None of the ships are equipped with any sort of kinetic ASW gear. So I doubt they are of any use in ASW.

- Defintely SAR is going to be on agenda, pretty much like in peacetime.

- Sir Creek area and mangroves on the east may also be conduced for fighting especially with non state actors and Pak Marines, Pak Coast Guard.

- We have seen pics of ICG hovercraft on beach landing exercises, so probably thats the most direct role they are going to have in war action.

I checked out USCG on this topic and found this excellent piece by Chuck Hill. Must read:

http://chuckhillscgblog.net/2011/10/06/ ... hortfalls/

http://chuckhillscgblog.net/2012/02/10/ ... ard-roles/


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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Singha » 09 Jun 2015 14:14

CHENNAI: A Dornier aircraft with three crew members on board has been missing since last night off Chennai.
The aircraft, which belongs to the Coast Guard, is said to have been on a routine surveillance sortie over the sea when it went off the radar. At the time, it was located some 152 km south of Chennai.

The plane had taken off from Chennai around 5:30 pm and lost contact around 10 pm, aviation sources said.
"The missing Dornier a/c was the latest induction in ICG, in 2014, and was being flown by highly experienced crew," defence spokesman Sitanshu Kar posted on Twitter.

Nine navy and coast guard boats and a P8-1 aircraft were being used in the ongoing search, Mr Kar said.

In March, a Dornier belonging to the Navy crashed off Goa coast, killing two officers -- Lieutenant Abhinav Nagori and Lt. Kiran Shekhawat -- on board. The pilot, Commander Nikhil Kuldip Joshi, was rescued by fishermen.

It was the first crash of a Dornier since the reconnaissance aircraft was inducted into the Navy in the early 1990s.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby VinodTK » 09 Jun 2015 17:46

Singha wrote:CHENNAI: A Dornier aircraft with three crew members on board has been missing since last night off Chennai.
The aircraft, which belongs to the Coast Guard, is said to have been on a routine surveillance sortie over the sea when it went off the radar. At the time, it was located some 152 km south of Chennai.

^^^Indian Coast Guard Dornier Goes Missing...Navy, Coast Guard Ships, Aircraft Launch Search & Rescue

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 10 Jun 2015 13:21

A Pondicherry fisherman, fishing 25 nm southeast of Pondicherry claims he saw a fireball falling into the sea about 10 or 15 nm ahead of him. I am sure that this area is being vigorously searched.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Singha » 10 Jun 2015 14:06

i imagine all naval aircraft would have a orange marker dye to indicate location if they go down...but a fireball is bad...could have broken up before impact....strange tides.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby arshyam » 10 Jun 2015 18:38

CSG, fishermen join search operation - Dennis S. Jesudasan & R. Rajaram, The Hindu
Police comb Pichavaram mangrove forest and coastal areas for several hours

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(Caption: ICG 119 Coast Guard Interceptor being rushed from Puducherry to search for the Dornier aircraft that went missing on Monday night.- Photo: T.Singaravelou )

The Coastal Security Group of the Tamil Nadu Police has joined the search operations to trace CG 791 along the coasts of Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts and Karaikal of the Union Territory of Puducherry.

Acting swiftly on an alert received before the crack of dawn on Tuesday, the CSG of Nagapattinam zone deployed its 12-tonne Fast Interceptor Boat (FIB) to carry out the search operations between Nagapattinam and towards its northern direction.

Simultaneously, CSG personnel kept the fishermen associations of the coastal places, including Thirumullaivasal, Poompuhar and Nagore, informed about the missing aircraft and asked them to alert in case they noticed any strange object floating in the mid-sea.

Around 200 police personnel, who were ready for Operation Hamla, a mock drill to check the efficacy of security agencies in the event of an exigency from 5 am at Puducherry, were deployed immediately after the drill was called off.

The police personnel combed the vast area of Pichavaram mangrove forest and coastal areas for several hours on boats of the Forest Department.

A Coast Guard official said messages were communicated over radio and other modes to the fishermen.

Sources added the operation would continue with boats, ships and aircraft through the night from south of Chennai to Point Calimere.

Although the missing aircraft was not equipped with the advanced ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) facility, the Tiruchi Air Traffic Control was able to monitor its movement for some time on Monday late night.

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This was due to the radar data sent from the Chennai international airport to the Tiruchi airport where it is integrated into the air traffic automation system.

6.15pm CG791 aircraft takes off
9.01pm Last contact with aircraft
9.23pm Aircraft missing from radars
9.23pm & 10.45pm Attempts to contact aircraft fail
10.45pm Air traffic control raises overdue procedure
after 10.45pm operations room activated
12.00pm Another dornier leaves for the last known site (should read as 12:00 AM)
5.40am Dornier completes search
6.00am Indian navy's P91 surveilance aircaraft takes off from Arakkonam (should read as P8I)
1.45pm Another P81 replaces the aircraft that commenced search at 6am (should read as P8I)


The same information was available with the radar controller in Chennai, the sources said.

The Tiruchi air traffic controller was able to monitor the aircraft 106 nautical miles north-east of Tiruchi air space on Monday night before it went missing, the sources said, adding that this proved to be a valuable piece of information to carry out the search operations.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby vasu raya » 11 Jun 2015 21:18

Is ADS-B mandatory if they can send a heart beat signal to the terrestrial radar network?

no 'Mayday' call either, initial news report mentioned that the crew were attempting to contact the ATC (Chennai?) just before they disappeared

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby wig » 13 Jun 2015 13:45

Navy ship picks up signals from missing Dornier aircraft
A Navy ship has detected signals from a Dornier aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard which went missing on Monday night off Chennai coast.

Union defence ministry has confirmed that INS Sandhayak has detected intermittent signals, likely to be from the SLB of the missing Dornier aircraft.

Another submarine has been diverted to the spot, Times Now has reported.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 653954.cms

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby vasu raya » 13 Jun 2015 23:04

the oil patch suggests the flight was malfunctioning but intact, no scattered debris, wonder if there are civilian flights in that area which might have received distress calls, there's lot of air traffic in that area

we want to rule out use of MANPADs by gun running boats in the area, as both the Dorniers crashed in the dark, and the CG is getting to patrol more frequently with the new air assets its adding to its fleet

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Vipul » 07 Jul 2015 06:10

HSL hands over patrol vessel to Coast Guard.

The third of the series of five Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs), Rani Durgavati, was handed over to the Indian Coast Guard on Monday at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL). This is the 174th vessel built and delivered by HSL since its inception.

Built from light high tensile steel with aluminium superstructure and powered by three water jet propulsion systems for high speeds, the IPVs are well-suited for coastal and offshore operations. The ship, which is 51.5 m long, 8.36 m wide and has a draught of 4.55 m, is capable of achieving 33.5 knots.

The handing over function was attended by HSL chairman and managing director, its director (shipbuilding) and senior officials of the Indian Coast Guard. The vessel was accepted by DIG Vivek Vajpayee and certificates were handed over to Commandant Zakir Hussain, the commanding officer of the vessel.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Vipul » 21 Sep 2015 17:20

Coast Guard commissions fast patrol and interceptor vessels.

Indian coastal security received a boost when two indigenously built ships, a fast patrol vessel and an interceptor boat, were commissioned into service by the Indian Coast Guard here on Monday, an official said.

Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Apoorva and Interceptor Boat C-421 have been designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd. and L&T Ltd., Surat.

The 14th in a series of 20, the ICGS Apoorva is a 50-metre long Fast Patrol Vessel which can achieve a top speed of 33 knots and displaces 317 tonnes.

Equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and advanced communication and navigational aids, it is an ideal platform for undertaking close-coast surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue, medical evacuation and other missions.

Captained by Commandant Dinesh Dogra and with a complement of five officers and 34 ranks, ICGS Apoorva -- meaning 'unparalleled' - will be based in Goa.

The Interceptor Boat, ICGS C-421 is 27.8 metres long and displaces 106 tonnes, and is the 27th in the series constructed by L&T Ltd., Surat.

It is fitted with medium-range armaments and with a top speed of 45 knots, it is designed for close coast and shallow water operations.

Commanded by Deputy Commandant Rohit Kulkarni, with one officer and 13 sailors, it will be based at Androth, in Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands.

The vessels were commissioned by Vice-Admiral S.P.S. Cheema in the presence of Additional Director-General S.P. S. Basra, Inspector-General K. R. Natarajan and other senior dignitaries of the armed forces and shipping and police authorities.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Vipul » 14 Oct 2015 07:40

Indian Coast Guard Gets 15th Fast Patrol Vessel from Cochin Shipyard.

The 15th vessel in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessel, ICGS Arinjay, has been delivered by the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) more than two months ahead of schedule.

The Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance was signed between Sunny Thomas, Director (Technical), CSL and Commanding Officer (Designate) of the vessel Commandant Ajay Kumar Mudgal.

Many senior officials of ICG and CSL were present on the occasion. The vessel will be operated from the Coast Guard Station at Okha, Gujarat, said a CSL release.

These Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) are primarily intended for patrolling within the Exclusive Economic Zone and Coastal Patrol, carrying out anti-smuggling, anti-piracy and search and rescue operations, and for fisheries protection and monitoring. They also have a secondary role of providing a communication link, and escort coastal convoys, in times of hostilities and war.

The fourteenth ship of the series, ICGS Apoorva, was delivered in July this year almost two months ahead of the contractual schedule.

By achieving the FPV deliveries once in 1.5 to 2 month intervals as against the contractual requirement of once in 3 months, the yard is planning to complete the contract much ahead of schedule, thus ensuring the coastal security of the nation, the CSL said.

The last vessel of the order is to be delivered by March 2017 as per the contract with ICG. However, with the current pace of construction, Cochin Shipyard is targeting to accomplish this by mid-2016, it said.

Thirteen vessels delivered have already been commissioned into the service of Indian Coast Guard and are vigilantly guarding the nation's vast coastline.


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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Vipul » 16 Oct 2015 02:37

Coast Guard to finally get choppers it wanted post 26/11; Airbus emerges as lead.

The coast guard is finally close to getting its own fleet of medium lift choppers, the requirement for which was raised after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that exposed chinks in the surveillance and interception capabilities of the force.

While the coast guard currently operates ageing Chetaks as well as indigenous Advanced Light Choppers (ALH) for patrolling, search and rescue and casualty evacuation, it will be able to cover larger areas faster with the new fleet.

Sources have told ET that Airbus as emerged as the lead bidder for a Rs 2000 crore coast guard competition to procure 14 helicopters. The EC 725 is learnt to have beat its competitor, Sikorsky's S 92 after commercial bids were opened earlier this month.

While initially, three competitors were bidding for the contract, Italian firm Finmeccanica was dropped in 2014 after it came under a corruption taint following the VVIP chopper deal scandal. Officials said that whole both the EC 725 and S 92 managed to meet all the technical requirements of the coast guard after two years of extensive trials, the Airbus machine turned out to be cheaper.

The contract will also lead to the pumping in of over Rs 600 crores into the Indian defence and aerospace manufacturing sector as it carries an offset obligation of at least 30 percent for the winner. However, the conclusion of the contract would take a few more months after price negotiations with Airbus.

"We are in touch with the Indian MoD regarding the tender for 14 shore-based helicopters for the Indian Coast Guard and will be honoured to progress our discussions with them," an Airbus spokesperson said.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby srai » 16 Oct 2015 03:40

^^^

IMO, the services need to lump orders together for similar platforms to get the best offset/ToT deals. To some extent, this is happening with the IAF/IA LUH. It may have been possible to combine CG orders for 14 or these M-SRH with those of the 100+ MRH requirements of the IN.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Vipul » 16 Oct 2015 06:32

ICGS Anmol Fast Patrol Vessel launched.

Even as the central government seeks to develop a string of ports around the country’s coastline while reaching out to the government of maritime states as a part of its ‘Sagarmala Project’, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) continues with its acquisition initiatives to strengthen its existing fleet. While commissioning the Indian Coast Guard Ship Anmol, West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi spoke about how the role of the coast guard “is becoming more crucial day by day because of the strategic developments in China” and the adjacent countries.

“With the upcoming Sagarmala project, the responsibility of the service towards safeguarding coastal frontiers will become pivotal in the coming years,” said Tripathi.

At present, the ICG fleet has 116 surface platforms and 62 air assets. With these new acquisition initiatives, the organisation is on course to achieve 150 surface platforms and 100 air assets by 2018.

“India’s coast guard at present is the fourth largest in the world, after the USA, Japan and South Korea. With these acquisitions, we are looking to become a global leader,” said Inspector General K R Nautiyal, Commander, Coast Guard Region (North-East).

The ICGS Anmol is the 13th in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) that are being designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd. The 50-metre-long vessel can clock the speed of over 35 knots and has the endurance of 1500 NM with the economical speed of 13KTS, while also being equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry, advanced navigational and communication equipment and 40/60 Bofors anti-aircraft gun as the main armament.

“This will aid us greatly in surveillance efforts in West Bengal and Odisha. Since ancient times, the coastlines of the two states have been of great maritime interest,” Nautiyal added.

The vessel belongs to the Aadesh-Class FPV series of 20 patrol boats being built by Cochin Shipyard Limited and is able to operate in shallow waters and offer higher speed and better maneuverability than conventional vessels. The primary role of the vessel include fisheries protection and monitoring, patrol within exclusive economic zone, coastal patrol, anti-smuggling, anti piracy and search and rescue operations. The vessels have a secondary role of providing communication link and escorting convoys during hostilities and war time.

Coast Guard officials said the new vessel will be based in Haldia and enhance their operational capabilities to undertake multifarious tasks. Currently, Coast Guard district headquarter Haldia has a compliment of two in-shore patrol vessels, four hovercrafts and one interceptor boat.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby member_24684 » 16 Oct 2015 09:04

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meanwhile Bofors L 70 40mm Gun on-board in the newer CG vessel

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Sitanshu Kar ‏@SpokespersonMoD 19 hours ago

Indian Coast Guard Ship Anmol was commissioned in Kolkata today by WB Governor KN Tripathy.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby K Mehta » 16 Oct 2015 14:25

Vipul wrote:India’s coast guard at present is the fourth largest in the world, after the USA, Japan and South Korea

That's one hell of a data point.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby sum » 16 Oct 2015 14:39

^^ Why do Japan and SoKo have such huge coast guards given their near negligible coastlines ( compared to India)? :-? :-?

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby member_22539 » 16 Oct 2015 14:48

^No offense intended, but maybe you should consult the map.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Indranil » 16 Oct 2015 22:26

And neighbours.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Sachin » 20 Oct 2015 08:23

sum wrote:^^ Why do Japan and SoKo have such huge coast guards given their near negligible coastlines ( compared to India)? :-? :-?

Is Japan also show-casing a large number of its Navy strength as Coast Guard? Due to the drubbing they got in WW2, they have some laws which limits their military capabilities. So Navy is an offensive force, where as Coast Guard can be show-cased as more of an internal law enforcement force (and thus not being really a military establishment).

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Kashi » 23 Oct 2015 07:28

sum wrote:^^ Why do Japan and SoKo have such huge coast guards given their near negligible coastlines ( compared to India)? :-? :-?


Japan is an archipelago, four major islands and innumerable small islands with some possessions quite far from the mainland- Okinawa and Senkakus for instance.

They absolutely need a vast and modern navy and coast guard- not for force projection, but for their very security and patrolling.

The Russian Southern Kuril islands (claimed by Japan) can be seen off the North Eastern coast of Hokkaido, Chinese "fishing trawlers" routinely ingress into waters around Senkaku islands, which they claim. There are disputes with Korea over Dokdo/Takeshima. All these necessitate that Japan Marine Self-defence forces maintain a robust presence and posture in those waters.

Likewise for RoK- the threat of ingress from NoKo marine assets is immense- of late many of the clashes have been at sea including the sinking of ROKS Cheonan. NoKo regularly probes across the Northern Limit Line using patrol vessels and miniature submarines.

Then there are Chinese fishing trawlers that routinely and impudently fish in both RoK and Japanese (and even Russian waters around Vladivostok) territorial waters (albeit Russians are far less tolerant of these violations and response is swift and often brutal).

Last, but not the least. ALL the Japanese and Korean international trade is via sea (except a minuscule movement of raw materials and finished goods between Seoul and Kaesong across the DMZ at Paju).

All in all, a strong navy is a must.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Sanjay » 24 Oct 2015 03:10

Any reason why Bofors 40/60s are being put on these new ships ? All the others had CRN-91s.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Aditya G » 24 Oct 2015 03:35

Sanjay wrote:Any reason why Bofors 40/60s are being put on these new ships ? All the others had CRN-91s.


Lower cost, simpler operation and lesser training overhead?

CRN-91 also requires a EO sensor to control, which is far more complex than a manually trainable L-70.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Sanjay » 24 Oct 2015 04:33

I rather suspect that the EO system and the guns are on order and they didn't want to hold up commissioning. The EO sensor is vital for surveillance too.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Vipul » 04 Nov 2015 05:44

Indian Coast Guard Gets 15th Fast Patrol Vessel from Cochin Shipyard.

The 15th vessel in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessel, ICGS Arinjay, has been delivered by the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) more than two months ahead of schedule.

The Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance was signed between Sunny Thomas, Director (Technical), CSL and Commanding Officer (Designate) of the vessel Commandant Ajay Kumar Mudgal.

Many senior officials of ICG and CSL were present on the occasion.

The vessel will be operated from the Coast Guard Station at Okha, Gujarat, said a CSL release.

These Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) are primarily intended for patrolling within the Exclusive Economic Zone and Coastal Patrol, carrying out anti-smuggling, anti-piracy and search and rescue operations, and for fisheries protection and monitoring.

They also have a secondary role of providing a communication link, and escort coastal convoys, in times of hostilities and war.

The fourteenth ship of the series, ICGS Apoorva, was delivered in July this year almost two months ahead of the contractual schedule.

By achieving the FPV deliveries once in 1.5 to 2 month intervals as against the contractual requirement of once in 3 months, the yard is planning to complete the contract much ahead of schedule, thus ensuring the coastal security of the nation, the CSL said.

The last vessel of the order is to be delivered by March 2017 as per the contract with ICG. However, with the current pace of construction, Cochin Shipyard is targeting to accomplish this by mid-2016, it said.

Thirteen vessels delivered have already been commissioned into the service of Indian Coast Guard and are vigilantly guarding the nation's vast coastline.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Vipul » 04 Nov 2015 18:29

Keel laid for Indian Coast Guard's BY-520, last in series of fast patrol vessels.

The keel of the last vessel (BY-520) in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels, being built by Cochin Shipyard Limited for Indian Coast Guard, was laid by AKK Meena, Joint Secretary, Defence Ministry, here. CSL has so far delivered 15 vessels in the 20 vessel series and the sixteenth vessel is undergoing sea trials.

Cmde K Subramaniam, CMD, CSL, Rear Admiral IPS Bali, TM(MS), Dhananjay Kumar, IDAS, and other senior officials of CSL and ICG were present on the occasion, accordin ..

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Postby Indranil » 04 Nov 2015 21:54

How come no commendations from anybody here for a public-sector company delivering months ahead of schedule? Where are the bashers, the privatization-is-panacea-brigade?

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Postby Aditya G » 05 Nov 2015 00:50

Pawan Hans heptr lost offshore.

These guys seem to loose a lot of choppers for govt missions. Previously the Air Force used to run the ONGC runs, before it opted out, and then came back in after the ONGC crash.

This sort of mission should be assigned to an Auxilliary Air Force squadron.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/ ... 113491.ece

MUMBAI: A Pawan Hans helicopter with two pilots on board crashed into the Arabian Sea minutes after take off from an ONGC platform this evening, Defence Sources said.

Navy and Coast Guard, which have launched a search and rescue operation to locate the missing pilots and wreckage, have sighted a door of the aircraft.

Two Immediate Support Vessels of the Navy have reached the area, about 82 nautical miles off south Mumbai coast, sources said. ONGC vessels have also been pressed into service.

The 14-seater VTPWF Dauphin aircraft of 2001-make took off from the ONGC installation at 7:12 PM and contact with it was lost eight minutes later, a top official of the state-run Pawan Hans said.

The pilots have been identified as Captain E Samuel and T K Guha.

Since the chopper was not on crew duty, there were no passengers onboard, ONGC Director (offshore) T K Sengupta told PTI. ONGC hires Pawan Hans helicopters to ferry its officials from Mumbai to its offshore oilfield.

A Navy release said the crash occurred during night landing practice.

"Destroyer 'INS Mumbai' with integral helicopter will reach the area after midnight to join the search and rescue efforts," it said.

In order to augment the search, a night capable helicopter Seaking C is being launched, while a second helicopter will be placed on standby, a defence spokesman said.


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A Pawan Hans helicopter crashed on Wednesday after it took off from an off shore oil rig about 80 nautical miles from North West of Mumbai.
The two people on board the helicopter, the pilot and the co-pilot, are missing.
The helicopter is said to have fallen about 2 nautical miles away from the oil platform, and there seems to be no risk to any platforms, said navy sources.
ONGC vessels which were diverted to the area have picked up debris from the crashed copter, but had not spotted the pilot or co-pilot till the time the report was filed. The pilot has been identified as E Samuel while co-pilot was TK Guha, said sources.
According to officials, the two pilots were practising night landing when the helicopter crashed and sank.
The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard rushed rescue teams and were in the middle of the operation at the time of filing the report.
Navy officials said the exact spot where the helicopter crashed is not known as yet. Officials said last contact with the helicopter was at 7.20 pm.
Juhu air traffic control (ATC) officials confirmed a Pawan Hans chopper carrying the pilot and the co-pilot went missing near Bombay High.
Defence spokesperson, commander Rahul Sinha, said the Navy has launched search and rescue operations and two immediate support vessels (ISVS T50 and T48) were sent to the area. One destroyer, INS Mumbai, with an integral helicopter, was to reach post-midnight.
A Seaking C helicopter with night capability has been launched shortly to locate the debris, while another helicopter has been kept on standby.
Also two coast guard ships at sea were diverted to the area while a Dornier aircraft is continuing the search. Coast Guard officials said that two more Dornier aircrafts have been launched from Daman and Porbandar.

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Postby Vipul » 10 Nov 2015 18:48

Largest Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel Samarth commissioned.

The Coast Guard's latest and largest offshore patrol vessel, Samarth, was today commissioned here by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who asked the force not to sit on past laurels and focus on securing India's maritime interests.

With a displacement of 2450 tonnes, the ship is equipped with sophisticated technology, sensors, navigation, communication and weapon systems. Samarth is first in the series of six 105m offshore patrol vessels and has been built by Goa Shipyard.

Backing the Coast Guard's efforts at modernisation, Parrikar referred to the force earlier this year intercepting a vessel off the Gujarat coast.

"I am not saying there were terrorists or something but definitely they were not friendly," he said, complimenting the CG as he recalled the January incident which had run into controversy.

Parrikar said the CG will reach its sanctioned strength as various vessels were in the pipeline and lauded Goa Shipyard for early completion of Samarth.

At the same time, he asked the force not to sit on past laurels and focus more on securing the coastal boundary.

Samrath will be based in Goa and will be extensively used for Exclusive Economic Zone and other duties as it is set to be exploited extensively on the Western Seaboard.

It will be carrying one twin-engine helicopter and five high-speed boats. It is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain any oil spill at sea.

"In the present security scenario, with increased threat from maritime terrorism, the induction of a sophisticated and state-of-the-art offshore patrol vessel, will provide the desired fillip to maritime protection of the coastal state of Goa in particular and the Indian coast in general," CG officials said.

The force currently has a fleet of 117 ships. 74 more ships are at various stages of construction at different shipyards.

Samarth has a maximum 23 knots and has an endurance of 6000 nautical miles at economical speed.

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby arun » 10 Nov 2015 18:49

^^^ Picture of ICGS Samarth:

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Re: Indian Coast Guard Discussion

Postby Indranil » 10 Nov 2015 21:40

I like this a lot. The Samarth class looks very similar to the Saryu class. Ofcourse, both are OPVs built by GSL. Does anybody know the differences between them? That would explain why they are operated by two different agencies.


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