ICGS Varad: First Major Defence ship to clear all acceptance Trials in a Single Sea Sortie
On February 28, 2020, the Indian Coast Guard’S ICGS Varad, an Offshore Patrol Vessel was commissioned at Chennai port. The vessel is to operate under North Eastern Coast Guard Region.
The ICGS was built by L&T at Kattupalli near Chennai. It is 98 metres long and holds modern navigation and communication equipment. It is also equipped with 30 mm and 12.7 mm guns. The vessel also holds other onboard features such as platform management systems, integrated bridge system, high power external fire fighting system, etc.
Special Features of the vessel
The Patrol vessel is equipped with pollution responsible equipment for oil spill at sea and also swift boarding operations. It is also capable of carrying a twin-engine helicopter and also 4 high speed boats.
The vessel is the first defence ship to clear the acceptance trials in a single sea sortie. In simple words, the vessel cleared the trials of checking of its military operations in a single go.
What is Sortie?
Sortie is deployment of military unit in aircraft and shipping. It is a combat mission that an individual aircraft deploys as it takes off.