The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Paradip Port (Odisha) commissioned ICGS Amogh, a fast patrol vessel (FPV), to enhance coastal security. The vessel was built by the Kerala-based Cochin Shipyard Limited. Amogh is 50-metre long and it can achieve a maximum speed of 35 knots (63 kmph). The vessel is also fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment. Last year, the ICG had commissioned interceptor vessels ‘Vajra’ and ‘ICGS C-425‘ at Paradip.
Knowledge is Wealth
- ICG was established on 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India as an independent Armed force of India.
- The ICG has jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, which includes the contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone.
- February 1 is observed as Coast Guard day. ICG’s Motto – Protector of Ocean.
- Vice Admiral Anurag Gopalan Thaplial is the current Director General of ICG.
- In India, the major ship building centres are located at Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Kochi and Mumbai.