The Regional Headqaurters (North-West)
at Gandhinagar exclusively covers the strategically important maritime state of Gujarat. The state has its District Headquarters at Porbandar. This District, commissioned in 1984, is supported by stations at Veraval, Mundra, Okha and Jakhau. Dornier aircraft and Advanced Light Helicopters operating from Porandar, provide air-support to this region.
Apart from Gujarat, the rest of the western seaboard is the
responsibility of the
Regional Headquarters (West) at Mumbai. In this region, the
Maharashtra coast is a major hub of economic activity. The area is also
sensitive due to location of off-shore oil platforms, and nuclear energy
establishments. Fishing activities in this area extend beyond the
traditional fishing grounds, which increased the scope of ICG operations.
Maharashtra has its District Headquarters at Mumbai, and is supported by a
helicopter squadron. The District Headquarters at Goa was commissioned in
1994. It is home to the first helicopter squadron the Coast Guard (CGAS
800). The State of Karnataka has its District Headquarters at New
Mangalore. This Headquarters, commissioned in 1990, is engaged in
regulating maritime activities along the Karnataka coast. Kerala has its
District Headquarters at Kochi, and the Lakshadweep is monitored and
administered by the District Headquarters at Kavaratti. It is close to the Sea
Lanes of Communication (SLOCs) followed by a large number of oil tankers, and is
therefore a high risk area in terms of oil pollution. Air support is
provided by Dornier aircraft based at Kochi.