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Indian Coast Guard Day 2022: This year, the 46th Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Day is celebrated on the 1st of February. It is the fourth largest coast guard in the world and has played an important role in securing Indian coastlines and enforcing regulations in the maritime areas of India.

Currently, Indian Coast Guard Day has 158 ships and 70 aircraft in its inventory. In 1978, ICG had seven surface platforms. The goal is to achieve force levels of 200 surface platforms and 80 aircraft by 2025 according to the Press Information Office.

About the Indian Coast Guard

It is a multi-mission organization. It conducts live operations at sea year-round. It has task capabilities for both surface and air operations.

The ICG organization is headed by the Director General of Indian Coast Guard (DGICG). Overall command and superintendence is exercised by him from the Coast Guard Headquarters (CCGHQ) located in New Delhi.

What is the motto of the Indian Coast Guard?

The motto of the Indian Coast Guard is वयम रक्षामः” (Vayam Rakshamah), in Sanskrit it means “We protect”.

Indian Coastguard Day 2022: History

The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of a “Coast Guard” in 1977 with two frigates and five patrol boats transferred from the Indian Navy. Hence, the Indian Coast Guard came into existence on February 1, 1977. At that time, it had a fleet of only seven vessels for the surveillance of Indian waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone. Officially, the Indian Coast Guard was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Shri Morarji Desai on August 19, 1978.

What is the mission of the Indian Coast Guard?

One of the main tasks of the Indian Coast Guard is the prevention of smuggling through the sea routes within its area of ​​responsibility. He has seized drugs and contraband worth almost Rs 4,000 crore over the past year. Moreover, since its inception, ICG has seized around Rs 12,000 crore of drugs and contraband.

The mission of the Indian Coast Guard is offshore security, maritime security and coastal security. He is also in charge of safeguarding the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India.

Indian Coast Guard: role in the pandemic

Despite restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Coast Guard maintains a round-the-clock watch in the Exclusive Economic Zone by deploying around 50 vessels and 12 aircraft daily.

According to GDP, to date, ICG has apprehended more than 13,000 crew members and more than 1,500 vessels involved in illegal activities in the exclusive economic zone. In 2021, 40 foreign crew members and 7 boats were apprehended by the ICG.

Indian Coastguard Day 2022: Importance

– ICG ensures the protection of fishermen and sailors.

– They also ensure the protection and security of artificial islands, offshore terminals and other installations.

– Their duty is also to protect and preserve marine ecology and the environment.

– They also provide assistance to the Customs Department and other authorities in anti-smuggling operations.

– Ensures law enforcement in territorial and international waters. Also, National Defense during hostilities.

Tatrakshak Medals to Indian Coast Guard Personnel

The President’s Tatrakshak Medal (PTM) / Tatrakshak Medal (TM) has been awarded by the President of India. The award is given for conspicuous bravery, exceptional devotion to duty, and distinguished/meritorious service to the ICG on the occasion of Republic Day 2022.

The President’s Tatrakshak Medal (PTM) / The Tatrakshak Medal (TM) has been awarded to the following Indian Coast Guard personnel:

President Tatrakshak Medal for Exemplary Service

IG Maneesh Vishal Pathak, TM (0241-V)

Tatrakshak Medal (Galantry)

(i) Commander (JG) Sumit Dhiman (0738-C)

(ii) Dy Comdt Vikas Narang (1192-J)

(iii) Ardhi Pragati Kumar, P/Nvk (AH), 05990-R

Tatrakshak Medal for Meritorious Service

(i) Comd Sundraraman Prem Kumar (0406-V)

(ii) A Manikandan, PSE(R), 07455-T

These awards have been given to Indian Coastguard personnel on Republic Day and Independence Day every year since 26 January 1990.

Indian Coast Guard Day 2022: Quotes

1. “The Coast Guard has long been known as the armed service that does more for less.” –Howard Coble

2. Our men and women in uniform are a force for good around the world, and there is no need to apologize. -Indian Coast Guard

3. “We do this work because every once in a while someone is out there with no hope, desperately praying for their life, and we become the answer.” – Indian Coast Guard

4. “Anyone with common sense and a sharp mind will take stock of two things: what is said and what is done.”- Seamus Heaney

5. “We do this work because every once in a while someone is out there hopeless, desperately praying for their life, and we happen to be the answer.” – Coast Guard (United States)

6. “The regulations say we have to get out. They don’t say anything about coming back.” – Coast Guard proverb

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