India CG concerned about PMSCs

Merchant ships with armed security guards apparently now pose a threat. 

Armed cargo ships along India’s coast pose security threat: ICG

CHENNAI: Commercial ships with armed men on board, which navigate along India’s territorial waters, pose a threat to the country’s security, a senior Coast Guard official said here today.

“…major challenge in the recent times is the large number of commercial ships that have armed men on board for security of these vessels (which) pose a threat to our coastal regions and the national security, as they do not declare the weaponry on board, if they are not calling on Indian ports,” Inspector General Satya Prakash Sharma, Regional Commander, Coast Guard (East) said.

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