In a significant move to enhance coastal security, the Indian Navy inducted two Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) at Nagapattinam with a solemn ceremony. These FICs have been acquired by the Navy for the Sagar Prahari Bal created post 26/11 as part of Coastal Security Construct. The FICs, over the years, have established their efficacy in coastal security, as well as, force protection measures. The FICs do very high speeds and can operate in shallow waters.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Cdr Harihar Officer in Charge, Naval Detachment Nagapattinam briefed the audience comprising representatives from District Administration, Coast Guard, Marine Police, Port Authorities from Nagapattinam & Karaikal, Customs, State Costal Security Agencies etc. about the present coastal security construct. Commodore Vidyanshu Srivastava, Naval Officer-in-Charge (TNP) & CSO to FOTNA formally announced the induction of the FICs emphasing the role of the Sagar Prahari Bal and the FICs.
The District Collector Nagapattinam called it a historical moment and assured full cooperation and support to the Indian Navy. A few days ago, a crew member named Devrajan aged 41 years of Indian Fishing Boat RR on Wednesday who was feared lost due to accidental fall into the sea in the dark hours was rescued by Indian Coast Guard Ship Vaibhav.