Mangaluru, Jan 26, 2019: Headquarters, Coast Guard District (Karnataka) celebrated 70th Republic Day with an impressive Ceremonial Parade and playing the National Anthem at Mangaluru. The men and women on the Parade were full of enthusiasm and their white uniforms and shining medals filled the atmosphere with the wave of patriotism and desire to serve the Nation.
DIG SS Dasila, TM, the Commander, Coast Guard Karnataka unfurled the national flagat the Republic Day Parade. Addressing the Republic Day function at the Coast Guard parade ground, Dasila saidthat while the fundamental rights are enshrined in the constitution as our inalienable rights, we need to pay attention tothe fundamental duties which are enumerated. The fundamental duties should have the greatest bearing on our conduct and activities, not only as citizens but also as members of this fine service of ours that is Indian Cost Guard with the motto of Vayam Rakshamah), which translates from Sanskrit as "We Protect". Nation building is an onerous exercise and there are no shortcuts to success and progress.
Coast Guard has also deputed officers from the frontline units to various educational institutions for the hosting of national flag. Commandant UK Iyer, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Enclave New Mangalore hoisted the national flag at Podar International School as a chief guest. The national flag was also unfurled at Coast Guard Kindergarten, Kunjathbail by the Commander Coast Guard Karnataka and sweets were distributed to children and staff.
Ceremonial Parades were also held at Coast Guard Station Karwar and Coast Guard Aeronautical Overseeing Team, Bangalore, which are functioning under the aegis of Coast Guard Karnataka.
Adding to the spirit of celebrations of the Republic Day, Indian Coast Guard ships were ‘Dressed Overall’ in their best concurrently providing maritime safety and security round the clock off coastal Karnataka with valour and courage. Dressing Ships is a maritime tradition in which these flags are arranged on a long rope called a Dressing Line and when hoisted, is a sign of celebration. Indian Coast Guard ships normally dress overall on the occasion of the Republic Day (January 26), Coast Guard Day (February 1), Maritime Day (April 5), Independence Day (August 15) and Navy Day (December 4).
Ships also dress overall on occasions of national importance and ceremonial occasions such as when the President of India or other heads of state embark. When a ship is dressed overall, apart from the dressing line, on each of the middle masts, the naval flag, called the Coast Guard Ensign, is flown with the Jack Staff displaying the National Flag and the Ensign Staff also displaying the Coast Guard Ensign.