The training for the first batch of Sagar Prahari Bal (SPB) would commence from 11th January at the Naval Gunnery School, INS Dronacharya, Kochi. The SPB formed on directives of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) will have strength of 1000 men including 120 officers and would eventually possess adequate number of Fast Interception Craft (FIC) for coastal operations. The charter of duties of the newly formed force would include force protection, seaward security of coastal and offshore naval assets, assistance to civil agencies and ensuring compliance of maritime regulations.
The Sagar Prahari Bal, drawn from within the Indian Navy, for a fixed tenure, will maintain a youthful profile and will undergo specialized training in Asymmetric Warfare and Low Intensity Maritime Operations (LIMO). The first batch would comprise of 15 Officers and 100 men. The three week course induction course would be conducted every six months.