In an infrastructure facelift, Odisha
Coast Guard will be equipped with the Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft Hanger
Director General Rajendra Singh will
launch the MMMA at Coast Guard Air Enclave Bhubaneswar on Friday, coast guard
The visit of CG DG is aimed at bolstering
the coastal security mechanism with different stake holders in the state of
Odisha. Singh will take an overview of the operations undertaken by Coast Guard
Air Enclave Bhubaneswar.
At present the Coast Guard operates couple
of Dornier aircrafts from Bhubaneswar. These aircrafts are regularly deployed
extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) patrolling, maritime
surveillance, search and rescue and disaster management. These aircraft were
recently deployed for air dropping food packets during the flash floods in
Rayagada District of Odisha.
The centre has approved 32,000 Crore plan
for the Coast Guard that will give more teeth to the Coast Guard in maintaining
round the clock vigil. Coast Guard aims to improve force level to 175 ships and
110 aircraft by 2022.
The air arm of the Coast Guard is
set to get a major boost in the days to come. Orders have been placed for 16
indigenous Dhruv MK –III Choppers to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Procurement
of another 14 Air Bus twin engine EC725 tactical choppers is in the final stage
of approval. A few of these choppers are likely to be based at Bhubaneswar in