Visakhapatnam, Dec 30 (PTI) Nine Indian Coast Guard ships took part in a two-day operation demo here to commemorate the 42ndRaising Day of the force.

The ICG ships that took part in the demo, organised under the aegis of Coast Guard Commander (Eastern Seaboard), were Shaurya, SamudraPaheredar, Shaunak, Vigraha, Rani Rushmoni, Rani Avantibai, Arnvesh, C 438 and C 430.

Over 2,500 family members and civil dignitaries sailed on board Coast Guard ships to witness the various exercises and drills as part of the demo that concluded here Sunday.

A Chetak helicopter and a Dornier also participated in the demo which showcased pollution response efforts, high speed of interceptor boats, boarding operation, search and rescue efforts, apprehension methodology of pirates, live ammunition firing and aerial exercises, an ICG release said.

Additional Director General KR Nautiyal, Coast Guard Commander (Eastern Seaboard) had embarked on board Shaurya to witness the demo on December 30.

A statement issued by Eastern Seaboard headquarters stated that the Coast Guard, the youngest armed force of the Union to function under Ministry of Defence, had over 40 years evolved into a vibrant force with state of the art platforms consistingof 137 ships and 62 aircraft.

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