Inspector General K Natarajan, PTM, TM will take over as the 12th Commander of the Coast Guard Region (West) on 27 Jul 15 vice Additional Director General SPS Basra, YSM, PTM, TM. Inspector General K Natarajan joined the Indian Coast Guard on 18 Jan 1984 and holds Master’s Degree in Defence & Strategic studies from Madras University.
The Flag Officer has held various important Command and Staff appointments, both afloat and ashore during his 31 years of illustrious career. He has commanded all four major classes of Indian Coast Guard ships with distinction, viz., Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel Sangram, Offshore Patrol Vessel Veera, Fast Patrol Vessel Kanaklata Barua and Inshore Patrol Vessel ChandBibi. The Officer’s important Command appointments ashore include the Commander Coast Guard District-5 (Tamil Nadu) and Commanding Officer ICGS Mandapam. The other key staff assignments include Principal Director (Policy & Plans), Chairman Coast Guard Service Selection Board (North), Project Director (Projects), Joint Director (Operations), Coast Guard Advisor to DGICG at the Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi and Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Region(East), Chennai and Chief of Staff, Headquarters Region (West), Mumbai, Officer-in-Charge Coast Guard Training Centre, Kochi.
On elevation to the flag rank in Aug 2009, he spear headed the Staff Division of Policy & Plans at the Coast Guard Headquarters as the Deputy Director General (P & P) till Apr 2014. The Inspector General was instrumental in giving a fillip to the overall growth of the Coast Guard, post 26/11, in terms of assets and infrastructure development including a dedicated academy. The Flag Officer prior to assuming command of the Western Region on 27 Jul 2015 was Commanding the Coast Guard Region (Andaman & Nicobar) from May 14-Jul 15.
The Flag Officer is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is specialist in Search and Rescue, Maritime Safety and Port Operations from the United States Coast Guard.
Inspector General K Natarajan is a recipient of President Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service) in 2011, Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious) in 1996.
The Flag Officer is married to Mrs Jayanthi Natarajan. They have one daughter Dr Keerthika, a dentist who is happily married to Dr Sooriya Prakas and one son Neraj pursuing Engineering in Automobile.