Defense Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane undertook a visit to the Indian Coast Guard facilities in the North West Region on March 28-29, 2024. During his visit, he inaugurated the infrastructure for the Hovercraft Maintenance Unit (HMU) at Okha on March 28, 2024. Mrs. Gayatri Aramane inaugurated the Coast Guard OTM and Married Accommodation at Inaz Village Veraval on March 29, 2024. Additionally, the Defence Secretary received a briefing about the upcoming construction work of the 200-meter ICG Jetty at Okha. He commended the role played by the Indian Coast Guard in safeguarding national maritime interests within its area of responsibility.

The hovercrafts stationed at Okha and Jakhau are vital for surveillance across 50 islands in the Area of Responsibility (AoR) in the Gulf of Kutch, navigating through shallow waters and marshy terrains along the Gujarat coast. The establishment of the HMU infrastructure will ensure timely technical support, upkeep, and maintenance of these hovercrafts, enhancing their operational readiness to meet any requirement. The HMU facilities include ACV parking for technical assistance, an office building, workshop, and maintenance area.

The Coast Guard Residential Area (CGRA) at Inaz Village Veraval features 60 Married Accommodations, an all-weather helipad, living quarters for Subordinate Officers & Naviks, a Parade Ground, and a Mess. The presence of a helipad enhances strategic advantages for various operations in Veraval, including maritime emergencies, search & rescue missions, and surveillance activities.

Established on December 16, 2009, the ICG Regional Headquarters (North West) in Gandhinagar executes the Indian Coast Guard’s mandated charter in maritime zones encompassing Gujarat, Daman & Diu.

The Indian Coast Guard is dedicated to developing berthing and other infrastructure, highlighting its commitment to equipping with facilities for operating advanced surface and air platforms. Alongside the recently inaugurated Jetty at Vadinar, the ICG is constructing a 100-meter jetty extension at Porbandar and a 125-meter jetty at Mundra, in addition to the 200-meter jetty at Okha. These initiatives were observed by Director General Rakesh Pal, the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, and Inspector General AK Harbola, the Commander of the Coast Guard Region (NW), along with various dignitaries from the Central and State Governments.

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