New Indian Coast Guard pilots pass out, complete training on Dornier aircraft

In a parade at Coast Guard Air Station Daman, nine Assistant Commandants were awarded Wings by Inspector General SPS Basra, YSM, PTM, TM, Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) on successful completion of their training on Dornier aircraft. The passing out parade and valedictory function were presided by the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West), accompanied by Mrs Harkiran Basra, President Tatrakshika (West). This is the second course of Asst Commandants CPL entry Pilots passing out of the Coast Guard Air Station Daman since inception of the Training Flight 750 Sqn (CG) last year.

The Coast Guard Air Squadrons with optimal use of air assets carry our aerial surveillance to keep a vigil over vast Maritime Zones of India. Assistance to fishermen and mariners in distress and prevention & control of marine pollution are few of the duties, the Indian Coast Guard is entrusted with. The Indian Coast Guard also carries out maritime reconnaissance to sanitise the Indian Exclusive Economic Zones and report illegal activities at sea and along the coast. The officers graduating from CGAS Daman shall join various Coast Guard Air Squadrons to perform these onerous tasks.

At a valedictory function on the eve of the Passing Out Parade, various awards were presented to those who excelled in the course. The trophies for “Best Overall Asst Comdt” and “Best in Flying” were awarded to Asst Comdt Ranveer Singh. Prize for Best in Ground Subjects was awarded to Asst Comdt Sandeep R D’Cunha. Amongst other dignitaries who graced the occasion were the senior officers, dignitaries of civil administration and Coast Guard besides parents of the trainee officers. Speaking on the occasion, the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) commended ICGAS Daman for the efforts put in by each and every member of the Air Station towards timely completion of training. He also congratulated the young officers who have successfully completed their training and earned the coveted Coast Guard Aviator’s Wings. The Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) also told young aviators to shoulder higher responsibilities, work hard relentlessly to instill a sense of safety and security amongst the marine fraternity and live up to the Indian Coast Guard motto, Vayam Rakshamaha – “We Protect”.

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