Rakesh Pal, an esteemed alumnus of the Indian Naval Academy, has been appointed as the 25th Director General (DG) of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), adding another milestone to his illustrious career. Having joined the Indian Coast Guard in January 1989, Pal has demonstrated remarkable dedication and expertise in his service.
The Ministry of Defence acknowledged his commitment to professional growth, as evidenced by his specialized training in Gunnery and Weapons Systems at Indian Naval School Dronacharya, Kochi, and his completion of an Electro-Optics Fire Control Solution course in the United Kingdom.
Throughout his remarkable journey, Rakesh Pal has achieved numerous accolades, including being recognized as the First Gunner of the ICG. His exemplary service earned him the prestigious Tatrakshak Medal in 2013, followed by the esteemed President Tatrakshak Medal in 2018.
In February 2022, Pal’s capabilities were further acknowledged with his promotion to the rank of Additional Director General. He was stationed at the Coast Guard Headquarters in New Delhi, where he exhibited outstanding leadership in various roles. One year later, in February 2023, he was entrusted with the additional charge of Director General Coast Guard, a testament to his exceptional capabilities.
Under his guidance and leadership, the Indian Coast Guard achieved significant milestones, including successful operations and exercises, such as the seizure of drugs, narcotic substances, and gold worth crores of rupees. Additionally, his team played a crucial role in rescuing mariners during severe cyclonic storms and conducted joint exercises with Foreign Coast Guards. Pal also oversaw anti-poaching operations, humanitarian assistance during cyclones and natural calamities, and coastal security exercises.
Pal’s profound knowledge and extensive sea experience have led him to command various classes of ICG ships, including the ICGS Samarth, ICGS Vijit, ICGS Sucheta Kriplani, ICGS Ahalyabai, and ICGS C-03. Notably, he successfully commanded two Coast Guard bases in Gujarat’s forward area, namely Okha and Vadinar, showcasing his exceptional leadership in critical positions.
As he embarks on his new role as Director General, Rakesh Pal’s dedication and expertise promise to strengthen the Indian Coast Guard’s commitment to safeguarding the nation’s maritime interests. His appointment heralds a new chapter in the Indian Coast Guard’s journey, ensuring the safety and security of India’s waters for years to come.