Indian Maritime Zone
The need for a full fledged Air wing for Indian Coast Guard was felt right from the time of its inception. The first ICG aviation unit to be commissioned was 800 SQN on 22 May 1982 with two Chetak helicopters at Goa.
The first fixed wing squadron of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was commissioned with 02 Fokker Friendship (F-27) aircraft on 30 Jul 1983. These aircraft were taken on dry lease from Indian Airlines. These aircraft did a yeomen service to ICG through their tireless operation from DUM DUM Airport in maritime surveillance and SAR roles covering the entire Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) .
The first planned induction included 12 fixed wing aircraft for Coastal surveillance and 06 single engine helicopter to support ships at sea.
The first Dornier squadron was commissioned as 750 SQN(ICG) at Daman in Jan 1987.
The first full fledged Air Station was commissioned at Daman on 29 Oct 1987. Since then the following air squadrons/flights have come into service and they are:-
The role of these squadrons include search and rescue and embarkation on board helicopter operating ships to undertake following missions:-
At present the air arm of Indian Coast Guard has spread its wings over Arabian Sea & Bay of Bengal with an inventory of 17 Chetak helicopters, 24 Dornier aircraft, 04 ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter). This would be further strengthened with the induction of two Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft (MRSA) in near future The present standing of various ICG Air Stations/Squadrons are as follows :-
Indian Coast Guard Air Station, Daman is the premier Air Station of the Coast Guard and with all the airfield facilities, Air Traffic Control and other allied Air Traffic Services. The Air Station is equipped with state of art Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR), Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI), Doppler Very High Frequency Omni directional Radio Range (DVOR) – Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) & Non Directional Beacon (NDB), as Navigational Aids. This Air Station provides ATC and parking facilities to Defence as well as civil aircraft . The details of the airfield are as follows:-
Procedure to use Daman airfield
The operations of civil Airlines/operators from Daman airfield are directly controlled by Indian Coast Guard Headquarters, National Stadium Complex, New Delhi – 110 001. The Flight clearance is required to be obtained in advance. The request is to be addressed to Director (Aviation), Indian Coast Guard Headquarters by letter/Fax on either of these numbers with a copy to Commander Coast Guard region (West) and ICGAS Daman.
Request is to be submitted at least two working days prior to scheduled operation except in following case were an advance notice of three weeks is mandatory:-
(a) Foreign non scheduled chartered flight/foreign private aircraft.
(b) For overnight stay at ICGAS Daman
(c) Flights operated by foreign crew
The request should have the following information's:-
A Operator name / company
B A/C type and registration number
C Call sign of aircraft/flight
E Flight details
F Passengers name, nationality, passport number (if foreign national) and validity
G Purpose of visit
The recovery charges would be in accordance with rates promulgated by Airport Authority of India revised from time to time.
The station has two squadrons under its administrative and operational control.
(a) 750 SQN(ICG) (Dornier)
(b) 841 SQN(ICG) (Chetak)
ICGAS Daman also caters for maritime
reconnaissance and SAR coverage along the North West coast. Dornier and Chetak aircraft are detached from Daman for various operational commitment along the North West Coast. Conduct of adventurous activities is a regular feature, for that the station is equipped with one Micro light aircraft and one power glider. The training for Sea Cadet Corps are also undertaken at the air station. Besides established accommodation for the men, the station also support the Coast Guard Public school at Daman which is considered as one of the premiere educational institution of the Union Territory.
842 SQUADRON (ICG), MUMBAI
842 Squadron (CG) is the fourth helicopter squadron of the Indian Coast Guard. It was commissioned on 01 Dec 95 in the premises of Naval Helicopter base INS Shikra at Mumbai.
Indian Coast Guard Air Enclave (ICGAE), Goa is Co located with Naval Air Station Hansa and accommodates 800 Squadron (ICG) which was the first air squadron of the Coast Guard and was commissioned on 22 May 1982 with two Chetak Helicopters.
CGAE PORBANDER (850 Sqn ICG/Dornier Flight)
Indian Coast Guard Air Enclave Porbander is providing the logistics and administrative support to the 850 Sqn(ICG) and Dornier Flight which operates with an UE of 03 Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) which is a twin engine helicopter indigenously built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore. ALH is equipped with most modern avionics equipment and is capable of undertaking coastal surveillance and SAR missions in a professional manner. The Dornier are tasked for various operational requirements along the coast line of Gujarat and adjoining areas.
Coast Guard Air Squadron 747 was activated on 22 Apr 2002 within the premises of Naval Base Kochi. The Squadron is operating with two Dornier aircraft.
Indian Coast Guard Air Station Chennai was Commissioned on 26 Apr 1991 to provide administrative and logistic support to the Dornier Squadron i.e. 744 SQN(CG) and Helicopter Squadron 848 SQN (CG) on 03 Aug 1993. Coast Guard Air Station Chennai initially operated from the old Airport premises and shifted to the present location on 12 Aug 1992. It is spread over 26.26 acres of land adjoining the officers Training Academy at St Thomas Mount.
700 SQN(ICG) is the first fixed wing squadron of the Coast Guard, commissioned at Kolkata on 30 Jul 1983 with 2 Fokker Friendship (F-27) aircraft taken on dry lease from Indian Airlines. In the civil passenger configuration, the F-27 was a 45 seater aircraft, modified for CG role as per service requirements. In 1994 the Fokkers were replaced with 02 Dornier aircraft which are presently being used to provide maritime surveillance & SAR coverage for West Bengal and Orissa coast.
CGTLO BARACKPORE, CGAOT BANGALORE AND CGAOT KANPUR
Coast Guard Technical liaison office at Barackpore, Coast Guard Aeronautical Overseeing team at Bangalore and Kanpur have been activated to closely monitor the progress work of CG Aircraft and to provide necessary support for close co-ordination with HAL. The units have been established with in the HAL premises. The units are under functional control of Principal Directorate (Aviation) and under administrative control of ICGS Delhi.
ICGAE, PORT BLAIR
Indian Coast Guard Air Enclave (ICGAE ) Port Blair is located at the Veer Savarkar airport at Port Blair. It consists of :-
a) 745 SQN(ICG) (Dornier)
b) Port Blair Chetak flight
Both these units are presently operating from the civil hangar of the A&N Flying Institute. This units gives SAR coverage and coastal surveillance for the entire Andaman and Nicobar group of Islands and to the International sea route.
The CG Chetak flights are operating from the areas where the helicopter squadrons are not existing. Presently these flights are located at Visakhapatnam, Kochi and Port Blair. The helicopters are embarked onboard ships when the ships are deployed for various operational requirements. These flights have greater flexibility in terms of changing operational locations and are deployed on as required basis at short notice.
Indian Coast Guard Aeronautical Inspection Service (ICGAIS), Mumbai and Chennai: In order to meet the operational requirement of aviation, two dedicated aeronautical quality control inspection service are activated. One at Mumbai for Western region and the other at Chennai for meeting all operational commitment of Eastern and Andaman & Nicobar region.
To streamline the logistics need of CG aircraft, Indian Coast Guard Air Store Depot (ICGASD), Goa was activated in July 2002. The depot is catering for the air stores requirement of Indian Coast Guard Aviation.
Coast Guard Headquarters, National Stadium Complex, New Delhi 1100 01