AFFILIATION CEREMONY OF ICGS SHAURYA WITH 3RD BATTALION OF ASSAM RIFLES

AFFILIATION CEREMONY OF ICGS SHAURYA WITH 3RD BATTALION OF ASSAM RIFLES

 AFFILIATION CEREMONY OF ICGS SHAURYA WITH 3RD BATTALION OF ASSAM RIFLES

     Chennai, 11 Jun 2019

          In a historic event of first ever affiliation between the youngest Armed Force of the Union of India, Indian Coast Guard and the Oldest Paramilitary Force, Assam Rifles,an impressive ceremony was held onboard ICGS Shaurya at Chennai on 11 Jun 19 for Phase II of the ‘Charter of Affiliation’ between Indian Coast Guard Ship Sha urya and the 3rd (Naga Hills) battalion of the Assam Rifles. 3rd (Naga Hills) Battalion Assam Rifles is the oldest battalion of the force raised in 1853 as “The Cachar Levy” for guarding eastern frontier of Assam from Braham putra river to Cachar Hills and comprised of 750 personnel of all ranks.        

          Indian Coast Guard Ship Shaurya is an indigenously built 105 m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) which draws more than 3000 ton of displacement and is based at Chennai. The ship was commiss ioned on 12 Aug 17 and man ned by 10 Officers and 100 sailors. The ship is fitted with state-of art equipment and is capable of ca rrying one twin engine light helicopter for operations at sea. The Charter of Affiliation has been signed by the Director Gen erals of the Indian Coast Guard and Assam Rifles on 22 May 19 at Laitkor, Shillong. A Special cover for the occa sion was released by Shri R Anand, Post Master General, Chennai City Region.

The objective of the affiliation is to promote bilateral cooperation between the ICG and the AR in the field of exchange of information and personnel, build up camaraderie, utilise one another’s assets for training, sports/ adventure, understand culture and traditions. The ultimate aim is to synergise the potential of the two services so as to produce an unbeatable combination in conflict/ humanitarian mission undertaken by both the Armed Forces.It is a permanent affiliation of Assam Rifles with the Coast Guard

          Accordingly, a combat battalion of Assam Rifles will soon be training onboard ICGS Shaurya.  In due course of time, arrang em ents will be made for embarking personnel of Assam Rifles for Ov er-Seas Deployment (OSD) on board ICG Ships. Bilateral meeting between the two forces and participation of experts from both si des in such meetings will also form part of affiliation.

          This affiliation will facilitate the ‘Sentinels of the Sea’ to int eract more closely with the ‘Sentinels of the north East’ on pro fessional and social platforms and share experiences and best practices.Further, they will alsobe ableto appr eciate the working environment of Indian Coast Guard patrolling along the vast Indian coast line including the Exclusive Economic Zone which extends upto 200NM from the coast.  This affiliation will go a long way in str engthening the ties between the land and sea forces of the Union of India.

          The event was attended by Additional Director General VSR Murthy, PTM, TM,Additional Director General Indian Coast Guard, Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan, SM**, Director General Assam Rifles and Inspector General S Paramesh, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region, East alongwith officers and men from both the forces.

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 PS/K/06/2019