Coast Guard Station Karaikal, the fifth CG station on the Puducherry – Tamil Nadu coastline was commissioned by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard at Karaikal today. Inspector General SP Sharma, the Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and senior officials from the Puducherry Administration witnessed the commissioning ceremony.
The station is part of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security along the Indian coastline. The station at Karaikal will help augment patrolling along the east coast and prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing.
In his address during the Commissioning Ceremony, Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan dwelt upon the need for maintaining continuous vigil along the nation`s coastal and maritime borders. He called for continued synergy and coordination between various agencies involved in coastal and maritime security. He further stated that the Coast Guard had initiated several far-reaching projects to augment force levels as also manpower to meet existing and future maritime challenges.
Coast Guard Station Karaikal will function under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (East) through the Commander Coast Guard District Headquarter- 5 located at Chennai. Commandant PR Lochen has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of the station.