ICGS Varaha Current Affairs - 2019

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ICGS Varaha: commissioned at Chennai Port Trust

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ‘Varaha’ at Chennai Port Trust. The ship would be based at New Mangalore and will operate from New Mangalore port covering up to Kanyakumari. It will be under administrative and operational control of Commander Coast Guard region (west). It will also have on board 14 officers and 89 men.

The ship will add to the strength of ICG in responding to threats of maritime terrorism, smuggling and challenges of maritime enforcement.

About ICGS Varaha

It is the fourth in series of seven 98-m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) of Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

It has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at its Katupalli ship building yard in North Chennai.

Features

It is fit with latest navigation and communication equipment.

It is designed to carry one twin engine helicopter and 4 high speed boats.

It also has some most advanced sensors and machinery as well as a 33-millimetre (mm) gun. It will also be fitted with 12.7 mm gun with fire control system.

Special features of ship includes-

  • Integrated Bridge System
  • Automated Power Management System
  • Indigenously built Integrated Platform Management System
  • Halo Traversing System

Indian Coast Guard launches new Offshore patrol vessel ICGS Varaha

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) launches new Offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ICGS Varaha at L&T Kattupalli shipyard near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is fourth in the series of 98 M OPVs designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro (L&T).

ICGS Varaha

It is fitted with advanced technology navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery. Its weaponry includes one 30 mm and two 12.7 mm guns with fire control system. It has been designed to attain maximum speed of 26 knots and has endurance of 5,000 nautical miles.

It also equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Automated Power Management System (APMS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), and High Power External Fire Fighting (EFF) system. It can carry one twin engine helicopter and four high speed boats, including two inflatable boats, for boarding operation, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. It will also be capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.

Background

In March 2015, Union Defence Ministry had awarded contract to L&T for construction of seven OPVs awarded. The first and second ships of this project already have been delivered to ICG and are presently based in Western Coast and Eastern Coast of India and third OPV will be delivered in early 2019. The shipyard will deliver all seven ships by March 2021.