Chennai: A state-of-the-art inshore patrol vessel to guard the eastern coast of the country was on Tuesday commissioned here into the Coast Guard by Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh.
Equipped with advanced and sophisticated sensors and equipment, `ICGS Rajkamal` is the fourth class of 50 metres inshore patrol vessel (IPV), constructed by Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE).
Having a displacement of 300 tonnes and with the capacity to travel at a speed of 34 knots, the vessel will be manned by five officers and 30 personnel.
Indian Coast Guard presently has a fleet strength of 26 fast and inshore patrol vessels.
"Inshore vessels are the workhorses of the Coast Guard in the mid-category of patrol vessels," MP Muralidharan, Director General of the Coast Guard, said.
The vessel has an integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, high power external fire fighting system and one indigenous close range naval gun mount - CRN 91 along with an stabilised optronic pedestal (SOP) fire control system for day and night usage.
"The vessel is designed to perform multiple roles, including surveillance of maritime zones of India, safety of offshore installations, search and rescue, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching, and maritime pollution response," he said.
The vessel will be primarily based in Chennai and will be administered by Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (East).
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