Panaji: ICGS `VISHWAST`, first-of-its
kind, indigenously designed Offshore Patrol Vessel will be
commissioned by Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday to the
Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), one of the prominent
defence shipbuilding yards, has built the ship which has
state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipments.
The vessel, 90 meter in length, has an Integrated
Bridge System and is also provided with Platform Management
System, a GSL spokesman said.
"Propelled by two MTU engines, this vessel delivers a
maximum speed of 26 knots and has an endurance of 4500
nautical miles. The vessel is capable of operating an
helicopter. The vessel is also equipped with a 30 mm gun to
counter undesirable intruders," he said.
This is the only vessel in this class in the world
with a large range of facilities for Pollution Control, Fire
Fighting, Search & Rescue and Patrolling, the spokesman added.
Indian Coast Guard would be using the ship for
patrolling and policing maritime zones, search and rescue
operation, maritime surveillance, anti-smuggling operation,
pollution response against oil spillage and external