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Participant Country Mauritius

Commissioner of Police Karl Mario Nobin

Commissioner of Police

Chief of the Naval Staff

About Ship

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Ship's Crest

Cdr Rajneesh Kumar Dalal, Commanding Officer of Mauritius Coast Guard Ship Barracuda, was commissioned in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1998. He is a Gunnery and Missile Warfare specialist in addition to being a qualified Ship’s Diver and Helicopter Controller. The officer is an alumni of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

About Chief of the Naval Staff

Commissioner of Police Karl Mario Nobin

Commissioner of Police

Chief of the Naval Staff

About CGS Barracuda

CGS Barracuda CGS Barracuda
Length Beam Draught NRT GRT
74.1 4.0 1365
Mauritius Coastguard Ship (MCGS) Barracuda is a multi-mission capable Offshore Patrol Vessel operated by the National Coast Guard of Mauritius. The ship has been constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata, India and was jointly commissioned by the Prime Ministers of Mauritius and India, at Port Louis, on 12 Mar 2015. The ship is propelled by two MTU engines of 4300 KW, coupled to controllable pitch propellers, giving it a top speed of 22.5 knots. The ship has an economical speed of 12 knots and is capable of covering a distance of 8000 Nm without being refuelled. MCGS Barracuda is fitted with a 20 mm CRN-91 Gun (controlled by a stabilised Optronic Pedestal), Heavy Machine Guns and Medium Machine Guns making it fully capable of undertaking missions against Illegal Fishing, Smuggling, Piracy and carrying out EEZ Surveillance. The ship provides Mauritius, a major capability towards protecting and supporting its outer island territories, located 600 nm away from the main land. MCGS Barracuda is capable of transporting 50 tons of dry cargo and 25 tons of frozen cargo, in the designed Cargo Holds with assistance of onboard Crane Arrangements. In addition to the EEZ surveillance, ship undertakes SAR missions in the region, for which she carries one light helicopter, one Landing Craft for Vehicle and Personnel and one RHIB. MCGS Barracuda has been equipped with Pollution Response Gear to deal with any environmental contingencies at sea and External Fire Fighting Arrangements to assist other vessels in distress. MCGS Barracuda is an ideal platform for providing logistics support and undertaking HADR, anti-piracy, IUU and anti-smuggling missions. The ship is commanded by Commander Rajneesh Kumar Dalal. Mr OK Guness, Assistant Superintendent of Police is the Executive Officer onboard.

Ship's Crest

Ship's Crest
Crest Photograph The crest represents multi cultural society of Mauritius and the philosophy of operations of the National Coast Guard of Mauritius
The crest represents multi cultural society of Mauritius and the philosophy of operations of the National Coast Guard of Mauritius

About Commanding Officer

Cdr Rajneesh Kumar Dalal, Commanding Officer of Mauritius Coast Guard Ship Barracuda, was commissioned in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1998. He is a Gunnery and Missile Warfare specialist in addition to being a qualified Ship’s Diver and Helicopter Controller. The officer is an alumni of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. The officer earned his Masters Degree in Science along with specialisation in Gunnery and Missile Warfare in 2006 from Cochin University of Science and Technology and INS Dronacharya, where he passed out as the Best All-round Officer. Post specialisation, the officer has served as Gunnery Officer of Missile Corvette INS Karmuk and Missile Frigate INS Tabar. The officer completed his second post-graduation in Defence Studies along with Staff Course in 2013 from DSSC, Wellington. The officer has commanded two IN ships XFAC T81 and INS Nishank, both ships being adjudged the Best Ships of the respective categories during his sea command. The officer has also been Executive Officer onboard another Missile Corvette INS Kulish. MCGS Barracuda is his third Sea Command. Prior taking up the command of MCGS Barracuda, the Officer was serving as ‘Training Commander’ at INS Dronacharya for Gunnery and Missile Training from where he was deputed to the Government of Mauritius as Commanding Officer for MCGS Barracuda in Sep 2014. Cdr Rajneesh Kumar Dalal is an awardee of the Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal as Midshipman and CNS Commendation for his efforts during Flood Relief Operations undertaken by the Indian Navy in state of Bihar in 2008, in addition to having been commended by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command in 2003.

Participating Delegates

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SAURABH THAKUR CAPTAIN(IN) COMMANDANT NATIONAL COAST GUARD, MAURITIUS

Achievements/Participation

04 Feb 2016 onwards

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