The Commandant of the National Coast Guard is responsible, under the overall control of the Commissioner of police, for the day to day operations of the National Coast Guard. As highlighted in the organigram of the NCG, there are various units which have been created since the inception of the coast guard. These are namely:-
SEAWARD VESSELS - Offshore patrol
- Inshore patrol
- Heavy duty boat
No 1 PATROL VESSEL SQUADRON
The Squadron presently harbours the following vessels:-
Name of vessel Type of vessel Date commissioned
1.CGS Vigilant Off shore patrol 27 Jun 96
2.CGS Guardian Seaward Defence 22 Apr 93
3.CGS Rescuer Zhuk 17 Jan 90
4.CGS Retriever Zhuk 17 Jan 90
5.CGV Castor Mandovi 17 Jul 90
6.CGV Polaris Mandovi 17 Jul 90
7.CGV Marlin Mandovi 24 Jul 87
8.CGV Barracuda Mandovi 24 Jul 87
9.Heavy duty boat Aluminium hull
The Squadron is under the command of a squadron Commander who is also the Commanding Officer of the biggest of the unit, i.e CGS Vigilant. The main duties of the vessels are to carry out search and rescue operations, patrolling exclusive economic zone, prevent and detect any illegal activities within the maritime zone, Flag visits to friendly countries and transport of logistic support to outer islands such as Agalega, Rodrigues and St Brandon. Any other relevant assignments as may deem fit by the higher authorities are also undertaken by NCG.
MARITIME AIR SQUADRON
The MAS with the present strength of two aircraft Dornier and Defender is entrusted with the responsibility of maritime reconnaissance, Search and Rescue, coastal surveillance, transportation of stores and equipment to outer islands, casualty evacuation and training of pilots and technicians
The Dornier was acquired in 1990 from India. With its greater endurance, it is the only NCG aircraft which can reach Agalega (within 3 hrs ) and has proved to be a big moral booster for the people of Agalega.
The BN-2T Defender aircraft was commissioned on 21st October 1992 after having been acquired from Pilattus Britten Norman of UK. Defender aircraft is utilized mainly for coastal patrols, EEZ patrol and Search and Rescue operations.
MARITIME TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT
The NCG operates an autonomous residential training establishment at Le Chaland since July 1987. Administration and operation of the establishment are under the direct command of the commanding officer. The MTE runs short orientation courses geared towards training of specialists for technical duties on board ships, refresher courses for updating and consolidating knowledge of preceding batches of personnel and training of recruits to become both policemen and seamen.
AFLOAT SUPPORT TEAM
This is a specialized branch of the NCG consisting of mechanics, electricians, carpenters, fitters, turners, welders, plumbers and other tradesmen. They are responsible for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of coast guard electrical and mechanical equipment ashore, on board ships,maintenance of buildings and other assets. The AST is under the direct supervision of the staff Officer Technical and is based at NCG Headquarters.
At present NCG has 19 posts round the main island including three outer islands posts at Rodrigues, Agalega and St Brandon. The posts are operating under the supervision of an area commander for the northern, southern, western and eastern command respectively and the personnel attached to these posts perform coast guard as well as police duties.
BEACH BIKE PATROL
Recently in the month of May 2000, a new concept of the beach bike patrol was introduced by NCG. Units have been tasked to provide patrol on the beach to prevent cases of larceny and aggression against tourists and the public at large. The patrol is being conducted on a daily basis from 0700 hrs to 1900 hrs.