K Natarajan, PTM,TM
Inspector General Krishnaswamy Natarajan, PTM, TM joined the Indian Coast Guard on 18 Jan 1984. The Officer holds a Masters Degree in Defence & Strategic Studies from Madras University.
Inspector General K Natarajan has held various important Command and Staff appointments, both afloat and ashore. He has commanded all four major classes of Indian Coast Guard ships with distinction, viz., Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel Sangram, Offshore Patrol Vessel Veera, Fast Patrol Vessel Kanaklata Barua and Inshore Patrol Vessel Chand Bibi. The Officer’s important Command appointments ashore include the Commander Coast Guard District-5 (Tamil Nadu) and Commanding Officer ICGS Mandapam. His key staff assignments include Principal Director (Policy & Plans), Chairman Coast Guard Service Selection Board (North), Project Director (Projects), Joint Director (Operations), Coast Guard Advisor to DGICG at the Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi and Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Region (East), Chennai and Chief of Staff, Headquarters Region (West), Mumbai. He has also held the appointment of Officer-in-Charge Coast Guard Training Centre, Kochi.
On elevation to the flag rank in Aug 2009, he spearheaded the Staff Division of Policy & Plans at the Coast Guard Headquarters as the Deputy Director General (P&P) till Apr 2014. The Inspector General was instrumental in giving a fillip to the overall growth of the Coast Guard, post 26/11, and during his tenure, sanction accorded for acquisition of 180 surface platforms, 16 aircraft, 02 Regional Headquarters, 03 District Headquarters, 20 stations, 11 air establishments and rapid infrastructure development including a dedicated academy.
The Officer assumed the duties of the Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) on 05 May 2014.
The Flag Officer is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He has specialized in Search & Rescue and Maritime Safety and Port Operations, at the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Centre, Yorktown, Virginia.
Inspector General K Natarajan is a recipient of President Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service) in 2011, Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious) in 1996 and was also awarded Director General Indian Coast Guard Commendation in 1987.
The Flag Officer is happily married to Mrs Jayanthi Natarajan. They have one daughter Dr Keerthika, a dentist and one son Neraj who is pursuing higher education.
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