As the sun disappeared over the horizon an era of Indian Coast Guard Ship
Kanaklata Barua came to an end. The ship
was decommissioned with full armed forces honours, in a traditional ceremony
that was held at Chennai port last week.
The ceremony was presided over by Additional Director General K Natarajan,
Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard).
The occasion was graced by various civil and military dignitaries
besides previous Commanding Officers and crew of the vessel.
ICGS Kanklata Barua, the third ship in the Priyadarshini class of Fast
Patrol Vessels of Indian Coast Guard has served the nation for more than 20
years. The ship was built at M/s GRSE,
Kolkata and was commissioned into Indian Coast Guard service in 1997. The ship
was rebased to Andaman & Nicobar Region on 15 Apr 1999.
During her lifespan, ICGS Kanaklata Barua sailed for 2124 days at sea and
has covered a total distance of 2,65,945 nm.
She participated in various missions in fulfilment of CG Charter of
duties. During these missions, she saved
67 lives in 15 Search and rescue operations, apprehended 57 foreign fishing
vessels and 320 crews responsible for poaching in Indian EEZ and evacuated 300
personnel during various relief operations.
The ship has also provided towing/ Salvage assistance to 8 vessels thereby
ensuring protection of property at sea.
During the ceremony, an impressive Guard of Honour was paraded and with
sunset, the Coast Guard Ensign was hauled down on the ship for the last
time. Soon after ‘Decommissioning
Pennant’ which is equal to the length of the ship was lowered. The Commanding officer of the ship Commandant
P Pradeep Kumar supervised the final ceremony and made the final
decommissioning report to the Commander Coast Guard Region (East).