Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is celebrating its 47th Raising Day on 1 February 2023. From a humble beginning with only 7 land platforms in 1978, the ICG has now grown into an unstoppable force with 158 ships and 70 aircraft and is expected to achieve a target force of 200 land platforms and 80 aircraft by 2025. The Indian Coast Guard plays an important role in securing the Indian coast and enforcing regulations in India’s maritime zones.
The ICG was formally established on 1 February 1977 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India. It works under the Ministry of Defence. Indian Coast Guard Day is a celebration of the fourth most powerful Coast Guard in the world. It is also a day to celebrate the achievements of the organization.