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‘Work in progress on coastal surveillance network’

Defence minister AK Antony today said that a coastal surveillance network was being established with 46 stations as part of it to ensure real-time coastline monitoring.

Commissioning the Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Abheek’ in Kochi on Tuesday, he also extended the government’s support for the Coast Guard’s plan to substantially increase its force levels to face emerging challenges.

He also emphasised the importance the government accords to coastal security in view of the asymmetric threats from the sea. Coast Guard, he said, will have 150 ships and about 100 aircraft over the next five years. Coast Guard ships are the ‘workhorses’ of the coast, he said.
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