The Karaikal Port with augmented infrastructure may be taken on board for bolstering the coastal security apparatus. This along with the coastal security resources and apparatus under the Eastern Command was ascertained by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, AVSM, Flag officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Vishakapatnam, who arrived here on a stock-taking tour on Thursday.

The coastal security apparatus under operation along Palk Bay region of Tamil Nadu under its seven detachments was reviewed during the tour.

The surveillance on the Eastern front is bolstered by a chain of radars deployed along Palk Bay through the seven detachments.

Later, Vice Admiral Chopra also visited the Karaikal port for a review of its facilities, as the private port has of-late started receiving naval vessels. According to sources, the visit explored the feasibility for operating Indian Navy war ships that would provide fillip to the Navy's efforts to augment coastal security on the Eastern Front. Port infrastructure may be critical as extended deployment of naval ships in Palk Bay requires replenishment of water and fuel through the detachment at Rameswaram and the Karaikal Port.

Also, the possibilities for operation of the Fast Interception Craft that was inducted post 26/11 from the Nagapattinam detachment was explored during the tour. The district is also set to host a Naval base, for which land has already been identified and is awaiting clearance from the government. Vice Admiral Chopra was debriefed by the Area Commanders of the detachments of Nagapattinam, Thopputhurai, Kodiakkarai, Mallipattinam, Jagadapattinam, Thondi and Rameswaram, during the two-long tour.

The Commander-in-Chief, who arrived here at the Naval detachment on a chopper, was received by Commander Umesh Kaisare, Area Commander, Thopputhurai.

He was accompanied by Commodore A.K. Mahadevan, Naval Officer-in-charge, Tamil Nadu.

En route, the Commander-in-Chief also called on the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. The meeting explored the possibilities for lateral absorption of ex-Navy personnel into Maritime Police, said a source.