Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
12-April-2012 17:50 IST
Coast Guard Station Commissioned at Androth
In step with accelerated pace of growth set for Indian Coast Guard, a new Coast Guard Station was commissioned today at Androth island in Lakshadweep. The station named Indian Coast Guard Station (ICGS) Androth was commissioned by Vice Admiral KN Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command. The Force already operates two stations in the Lakshadweep Islands- at Kavaratti where District Headquarters No 12 has been established and at Minicoy; both of which were commissioned by Shri AK Antony, Defence Minister in December 2010.

In his address during the commissioning ceremony, Admiral Sushil, dwelt upon the need for continuing coordination and synergy between various stakeholders involved in maritime and coastal security. Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard highlighted the several far-reaching initiatives taken by the Coast Guard to augment man power and force levels to meet existing and future challenges. Setting up of Stations at strategically important locations, such as this, would provide requisite fillip to coastal security efforts, he stated.

ICGS Androth will function under Coast Guard District headquarters No 12.Indian Coast Guard is also in the process of setting up a chain of static sensors with Automatic Identification System along the entire coastline of the country to enable effective monitoring of shipping and fishing traffic. An Air Station of the Indian Coast Guard is also on the anvil at Minicoy.