Additional Director General VD Chafekar, PTM,TM
Coast Guard Commander Western Seaboard

 

Additional Director General Vijay Digambar Chafekar, PTM, TM assumed charge as Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) on 01 Nov 19.
 

The Flag Officer joined the Indian Coast Guard in 1984 andhas vast sea experience.He has served onboard different class of ICG ships, which include command of Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) and Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV). The officer has the distinction of being appointed commissioning Commanding Officer of ICGS Samrat, an Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel.
 

In his service spanning 35 years, officer has held important afloat and aviation appointments. He was associated with operations and policy formulation during his appointment at Coast Guard Headquarters as Joint Director (Operations). He was instrumental in establishing an exclusive directorate of fisheries and environment at Coast Guard Headquarters, in consonance with increasing role envisaged for ICG in marine environment protection.
 

A trained pilot, he has considerable flying experience operating ICG Dornier’s on the Eastern as well as Western seaboard. He has commanded the Dornier squadron at Kolkata and was also at the helm of the premier aviation bases of Coast Guard at Chennai and Daman.
 

The responsibilities towards ICG charter in the Maritime States of Tamil Nadu and Kerala were handled by the officer as District Commander at Chennai and Kochi. The Flag Officer was at the helm of Bureau of Naviksfor 3 years, wherein he steered HR management policies alongwith training and promotion aspects of Coast Guard sailors.
 

In the capacity of Principal Director (Policy & Plans) and subsequently Deputy Director General (Policy & Plans) at Coast Guard Headquarters, the officer was closely associated with formulation of long term Coast Guard Development/Perspective plans and overall organizational growth towards effective discharge of statutory functions.
 

In his previous appointment, the Flag Officer was the Commander Coast Guard Region (West), the largest region of Indian Coast Guard.
 

Additional DG, VD Chafekar is a distinguished graduate of Naval Staff College, New Port, USA and has also done Naval Higher Command Course in the year 2008. He holds M.Sc. & M.Phil Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies and PG Diploma in Maritime Law. He is presently associated with Doctorate studies in Maritime History from Mumbai University.
 

In recognition of his meritorious service, the Flag Officer was awarded Tatrakshak Medal on Republic Day 2012 and President Tatrakshak Medal for distinguished service on Independence Day in 2014.
 

The Flag Officer is happily married to Mrs. Chitra Chafekar and they have two children, both working in the corporate sector.

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