Indian Coast Guard Current Affairs

Vijaya: Indian Coast Guard commissions indigenously built patrol vessel 

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned indigenously built patrol vessel ICGS Vijaya in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is second in the series of 98 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) commissioned by ICG.

ICGS Vijaya

It has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro (L&T). It is 98-metre long ship. It can carry one twin engine helicopter and four high speed boats, including two inflatable boats for boarding. It is fitted with advanced technology navigation and communication equipment and sensors. It is fitted with 30 mm gun and will be fitted with 12.7 mm gun with fire control system. On joining ICG fleet, ICGS Vijaya will be based at Paradip, Odisha. It will be manned by 12 officers and 91 men.

Significance

It will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance and other duties as enshrined in Coast Guard charter. It will also undertake search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol operations. It will help to enhance ICG’s operational capability to discharge its multifarious maritime tasks. It will also give fillip to maritime protection of Eastern seaboard in general and the maritime states of Odisha and West Bengal in particular. It is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to contain oil spill in sea.

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Rani Rashmoni: Indian Coast Guard Ship commissioned in Visakhapatnam

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned fast patrol vessel (FPV) ICGS Rani Rashmoni, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is fifth and last ship to be commissioned in the series of fast patrol vessel (FPV) project of ICG. The ship will be based at Visakhapatnam under the administrative and operational control of Commander, No.6 Coast Guard District Headquarters (Andhra Pradesh).

ICGS Rani Rashmoni

ICGS Rani Rashmoni has been designed and built by Hindustan Ship Yard Ltd. It is 51 metre long, 8.36 metre wide and weights 346-tonne. It is named after legendary Rani Rashmoni of Kolkata. It is equipped with most advanced and sophisticated communication and navigational sensors and equipment.

The ship is propelled by three MTU 40000 series diesel engines of 2,720 KW capacity each coupled with three Rolls Royce Kamewa jets. It can achieve a maximum speed of 34 knots (63kmph). It can perform multifarious tasks such as surveillance, search and rescue, interdiction, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations.

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