1. Indian Coast Guard was formally established on August 18, 1978, by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India as an independent Armed force of India.
2. An interim Indian Coast Guard came into existence on February 1, 1977, with two small corvettes and five patrol boats borrowed from Indian Navy.
3. India’s 7516.60-kilometre coastline encompasses various states and some of the busiest trade routes.
4. The Coast Guard works in close cooperation with the Indian Navy, the Department of Fisheries, the Department of Revenue (Customs) and the Central and State police forces.
5. There are nine Indian states and four Union Territories situated on the coast. These include Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
6. Unlike their counterparts in the three military services, the Indian Coast Guard personnel can serve up to the age of 60.