Port Blair, June 20: The newly recruited personnel of the Police Marine Force, A&N Police have completed a comprehensive 7-weeks training with the India Coast Guard. This is the first ever such initiative in the history of Police Marine Force and Indian Coast Guard in the islands.

The 12 Technical Police personnel include 2 Sub-Inspectors (ED), 1 Head Constable (Electrician), 2 Police Constables (Lascar), and 7 Police Constables (Greaser), of the Police Marine Force. The training was hosted at the Coast Guard District Headquarters (DHQ)-14, Port Blair. It was aimed to enhance the operational effectiveness and to upgrade the knowledge and skill of the personnel.

The training began on May 1st, 2024, and the valediction was conducted on 20th June 2024.

The entire training included both theoretical and practical sessions covering key areas such as Navigation, Communication, Seamanship, Boarding, Damage Control, and Fire Fighting. A significant highlight of the program was a sea acquaintance sortie onboard the vessel Urja Sanchay, which sailed up to Mayabunder, providing the trainees with crucial hands-on experience and familiarization with maritime operations. Besides, specialized courses in Indian Maritime Organization Level-I and Maritime Pollution Response was also conducted for which certificates were issued to the participants.

It is imperative to mention that the 02 guardians of the maritime security of the A&N Islands i.e. Indian Coast Guard and Police Marine Force have already made several collaborative efforts to share their infrastructures and skills to curb the menace of poaching activities across the islands especially at the territorial waters joint Costal security exercises, sea patrolling, Search & rescue operations etc. are regularly conducted. This collaboration particularly strengthens maritime security efforts in the A&N Islands, ensuring readiness and professional growth for the personnel of both the forces and enhance operational efficiency.

The valedictory function of the training was held at the Coast Guard DHQ-14, Port Blair. The event was graced by the presence of Shri. Pradeep B Mandal, TM, DIG, District Commander, Coast Dist HQ No. 14 and Shri. Sanjay Kumar Tyagi, IPS, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Intelligence), Ms. Shweta K Sugathan, IPS, Superintendent of Police (Police Marine Force) and other senior officials from the Indian Coast Guard. Police Marine Force looks forward to conduct many more such collaborative efforts with the Indian Coast Guard and Andaman Nicobar Command and are committed towards securing the Islands from maritime threats.