The Odisha Coast Guard today added Multi
Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMMA) and Dornier Hanger facility at its Air Enclave
in an attempt to provide state-of-the-art aviation infrastructure.
Director General Indian Coast Guard
Rajendra Singh today inaugurated the MMMA (Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft) and
Dornier Hanger at Coast Guard Air Enclave, Bhubaneswar in presence of Addition
Director General KC Pande, PTM, TM Coast Guard Commander (Eastern Seaboard) and
Inspector General Kuldeep Singh Sheoran, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region
Today's inauguration of the state of the
art aviation infrastructure is a part of on-going effort by the Indian Coast to
strengthen the maritime and coastal security.
The Indian Coast Guard is rendering its
duty in maintaining high state of vigil off Odisha coast, assistance rendered
by Indian Coast Guard during natural disaster and calamities, Search and Rescue
efforts, protection and preservation of maritime environment and endangered
species off the Odisha coast, DG Coast Guard Singh said.
The Coast Guard Air Enclave, Bhubaneswar
has been actively involved in undertaking Air surveillances along the Odisha
and West Bengal Coast. The unit is under the operational control of Commander
Coast Guard Region (North East) who excesses command and control through Coast
Guard state Headquarters at Odisha and West Bengal with area of responsibility
of over 1.5 lakh square KM of Indian Exclusive Economic Zone in the Bay of
The inauguration of aviation
infrastructure at Bhubaneswar has provided an upward fillip towards Coast Guard
futuristic expansion plan for its Air Arm. The aircraft based at Bhubaneswar
has been actively involved in undertaking maritime reconnaissance towards
maintaining Safety & Security, sensitive maritime environment and Search
and Rescue mission. The ICG air assets at Bhubaneswar will swiftly respond to
the Maritime contingencies at extended ranges ensuring the safety and security
off the coast of Odisha.
The Coast Guard Air Enclave at Bhubaneswar
is being commanded by Commandant AC Dandekar, TM and the unit has a compliment
of 16 officers and 81 men, said coast guard officials.