Indian Coast Guard holds an important place in world’s best maritime forces: Defence Minister
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that it is not possible to create a comprehensive internal and external security framework without maritime security.
Speaking at the Investiture Ceremony of Indian Coast Guard in New Delhi, Mr Singh said, keeping India’s maritime zones safe, secure and pollution free, ensures the security needs and also economic development. He said, started with four to six boats, Indian Coast Guard now has more than 150 ships and 66 aircraft and it holds an important place in the world’s best maritime forces.
The Minister said, today India is moving ahead on the path of rapid development and unhindered maritime activity is one of the major needs in this path. Mr Singh said, being a rising maritime power, India’s prosperity is also dependent on the sea.
The Defence Minister said, in line with the vision of the Government of India, the Indian Coast Guard has always been in the forefront to promote regional cooperation, maintain maritime peace in the Indian Ocean Region and work closely with international maritime agencies. On this occasion, Mr Singh presented the gallantry and meritorious service medals to Indian Coast Guard personnel.
Attended the @IndiaCoastGuard Investiture Ceremony and conferred gallantry and meritorious service medals on ICG personnel. The ICG is playing a significant role in maintaining maritime peace & security and also conducting search and rescue ops in the IOR: https://t.co/qFFNHIx74A pic.twitter.com/CU49dO46Da
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 9, 2021