New Coast Guard station commissioned in Little Andaman
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 17:47
Port Blair: Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Bhupinder Singh on Thursday lauded the Coast Guard for playing an important role in ensuring the security of maritime zones in and around the islands.

Unveiling a plaque at the commissioning of a new Coast Guard station at Hutbay in Little Andaman, Singh in his speech congratulated Vice-Admiral D K Joshi, commander-in-chief Andaman and Nicobar Command for his contribution.

Speaking on the occasion, Joshi highlighted the vulnerability of these islands due to its geographical separation from the mainland and the political, economic and strategic development in the Indian Ocean region.

Setting up of a Coast Guard station at Hutbay will also facilitate effective sea control, he said.

Earlier Deputy Inspector General K R Nautiya, Commander Coast Guard, in his speech said though the Coast Guard station at Hutbay was conceptualised in mid 90's and ten acres of land was acquired for the purpose in 2001, the process of setting up of the station was initiated in October 2009.

The station will be under Commandant Anwar Khan and his team.

On the cooperation between the Coast Guard and the Pakistani Maritime Security Agency (MSA), Chopra said, "We have a hotline and we talk every Wednesday to keep track of incidents that have taken place during the week and mostly it is about the movement of fishing craft crossing the international boundary... We try to make sure that the amount of intrusion is less."

About the level of cooperation between Maldives and India, the Coast Guard DG said the two countries were equal sovereign nations and India was not providing any "security umbrella" to the island nation.

"We are there to exercise together as two sovereign independent nations and as part of the mutual security in that part of the India ocean for the last twenty years, and we basically exercise together as all maritime forces do to increase interoperability," he added.


First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 17:47

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