The Coast Guard will have 42 stations and 15 Air Units functioning at various locations along the Indian coast by 2012, Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, director general, Coast Guard, said on Monday.
A coastal surveillance network is being established with 46 stations in phase I and 38 more in phase II to ensure real time coastal surveillance, Chopra said here after commissioning two Interceptor Boats -- C 150 and C 151, which he described as 'work horses' of the Coast Guard.
He also dwelt upon the fast paced development of the Coast Guard and acknowledged government's support for their plans to increase force levels substantially to face new security challenges in the maritime domain.
The boats designed to perform a variety of roles, including surveillance, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations will be based in Vizhinam in Kerala and Kakkinada in Andhra Pradesh.
They are the eighth and ninth in the series of eleven Interceptor Boats being built by AB Shipyard, Surat and are fitted with modern navigational and communication equipment.
The 28-metre ships have an endurance of 500 nautical miles and can achieve speed upto 45 knots and are equipped with advanced navigational and communication equipment. They also have 12.77 mm 'Prahari' Heavy machine gun to augment the vessels' fire power.
The aluminium hulled vessels are propelled by water jets with the added advantage of shallow water operations and high speed.
C-150 and C-151 are commandeered by Commandant (JG) Ashok Kumar and Commandant (JG) R K Sinha. The ships will have a crew of 11 enrolled personnel each.