Defence Minister reviews operational preparedness of Coast Guard

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today reviewed the operational preparedness, Infrastructure development and coastal security mechanism of the Coast Guard. During the Consultative Committee Meeting of Defence Ministry on Indian Coast Guard,  Mrs Sitharaman reiterated that the Coast Guard discharges a silent but invaluable service to the nation.

She lauded the efforts of all personnel of Coast Guard for its multiple successful search and rescue missions, humanitarian aid, assistance to fishermen and increased surveillance capability.

According to an official release, the Minister also laid emphasis on its modernization with the Definitive Action Program 2017 -2022 which envisages acquisition of 43 ships, 20 aircraft and other infrastructure. She was also briefed about the coastal security mechanism and preparedness of Coast Guard to tackle maritime emergencies. Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre,  MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha among those attended the meet.

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