The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is a unique instrument of national security, just like the U.S. Coast Guard. Given India’s 4,349-mile coastline and vast resources, it is a good thing the ICG’s motto is Vayam Rakshamah, meaning “We Protect.”
The ICG was founded on 1 February 1977 with the donation of two frigates and five patrol boats from the Indian Navy. It was inaugurated officially by former Indian Prime Minister Shri Morarji Desai on 19 August 1978. The intervening four decades have seen the ICG grow into a modern, multimission, military service of 12,585 personnel against an authorized end strength of 15,714. Key interagency partners besides the Indian Navy are the Department of Fisheries, Department of Revenue, and local law enforcement organizations.