Coast Guard commissions new high-speed ship C-149 in Gujarat

The 28-metre-long ship with a 90 ton displacement having a complement of 12 sailors was commissioned by the Chief Secretary of Gujarat govt.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG)
on Tuesday commissioned a high-speed ship C-149 to its fleet which would be based at its newly commissioned Veraval station in Junagadh district, ICG officials said.

The 28-metre-long ship with a 90 ton displacement
having a complement of 12 sailors was commissioned by the
Chief Secretary of Gujarat government A K Jyoti at a ceremony
held in Porbander today, they said.

Speaking on the occasion, Jyoti said that the state
government would provide all support for acquisition of land
at Gandhinagar, Porbandar and Pipavav for expansion of coast
guard in the state.

He also assured that the dredging of Coast Guard Jetty
at Veraval by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) would also be
expedited, so that the C-149 could operate freely without
tidal restriction.

The C-149 can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots,

responding to any fast developing situation at the sea.
In addition, ship is equipped with state-of-the-art
navigational and communication equipment including satellite
communication system.

It is also fitted with 12.7 mm `Prahari` Heavy Machine
Gun (HMG) for effective fire power besides other small arms.

PTI