The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago will soon come under electronic surveillance with the installation of four coastal radars, giving a fillip to the region’s security.

“All the four radars, to be set up at East Island, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar and Port Blair, have been tested and are ready. They will be installed very soon,” Inspector General V.S.R. Murthy, Coast Guard’s Andaman and Nicobar Region Commander, told reporters here on Friday. He was here to review a passing out parade of 32 Coast Guard officer trainees, including five women. He said the role and responsibilities of the force had increased with the expansion of nation’s interests. The growth in maritime traffic called for an efficient framework of maritime safety, security, environment protection, disaster management and law enforcement at sea.

Earlier, he reviewed a parade of officers who successfully completed the ‘Coast Guard Law and Operations Course’ at its training centre in Kochi. Assistant Commandant Simranjeet Singh was awarded the ‘Director General Coast Guard Sword of Honour’ after he was selected as the best all-round officer of the batch. Assistant Commandant Ritesh Bhardwaj was awarded the book prize for scoring highest marks in the Law and Ops Course.

During their 12-week course, the officers were exposed to a range of topics including maritime law; ocean management and pollution response; search and rescue; and fisheries and operations.

Guest faculty from various agencies and educational institutions handled sessions on special subjects. The officers also visited shipyards and boatyards to understand ship construction, architecture and maintenance of vessels.

Deputy Inspector General T.K.S. Chandran, Commander of Coast Guard District No-4 in Fort Kochi, conducted the parade.

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