CISF to get commando training to guard vessels

The Central Industrial Security Force, which got a nod from the Shipping Ministry for deployment on merchant vessels on piracy prone sea routes, will be trained with the Marine Commandos (MARCOS) of the Navy, officials said.

Initially, the state-owned merchant vessels will be given a preference in the deployment process. The CISF is preparing a batch of 150-200 personnel to be deployed on merchant vessels. These personnel will be also trained to cope with 'sea-sickness' and taught international laws and marine science. Before they undergo training, they will face an interview that will determine their mental strength.

"Each ship will be provided with five armed CISF personnel, specially trained for the job. Special training will be imparted to men to protect their weapons. The Indian Shipowner's Association has been demanding this security for long," said a senior CISF official.

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