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Coast Guard Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft Hangar (MMMA) To Be Launched On Friday

In an infrastructure facelift, Odisha Coast Guard will be equipped with the Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft Hanger (MMMA).

Director General Rajendra Singh will launch the MMMA at Coast Guard Air Enclave Bhubaneswar on Friday, coast guard officials said.

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 future.

 

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