In a first, the Assam Rifles (AR) would be training together with the Indian Coast Guard to enhance inter-forces cooperation and interoperability.
The charter of affiliation, in this regard, was signed by the Director General (DG) of the Indian Coast Guard, Rajendra Singh and DG, Assam Rifles Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan on Wednesday.
"It is a permanent affiliation of Assam Rifles with the Coast Guards. Besides building camaraderie, the training will involve the exchange of information and personnel of the two Forces. They will work together in humanitarian missions and other areas," said a senior Assam Rifles official, adding that the objective of the affiliation is to promote bilateral cooperation between the two Services and contribute in joint capacity for training, sports, adventure and sustainable development.
A combat battalion of Assam Rifles will soon be training onboard ICGS Shaurya (16), an offshore patrol vessel in Chennai. In due course of time, arrangements will be made for exchange of personnel - including those with an understanding of Land Border Management (LBM) with Assam Rifles battalions. Over-Seas Deployment (OSD) of AR personnel on board an ICG ship, bilateral meetings between the two forces, and participation of experts from both sides in such meetings.
"The two services will greatly benefit by motivating one another, and understanding from each other's working culture - Assam Rifles personnel will be able to understand the peculiarities of Indian Coast Guard and their role in guarding and intercepting anti-Indian forces detrimental to the security of North-eastern region. Personnel of Indian Coast Guard will be able to see and understand the working culture of the Assam Rifles working along the Indo-Myanmar border," said an official source.
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