The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned well-equipped offshore patrolling (OPV) vessel named ‘Sarathi’.
It was commissioned by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) shipyard at Vasco in south Goa.
- ICGS Sarathi is the third in the series of six OPVs built by GSL for Indian Coast Guard (ICG). It is designed and built indigenously by GSL.
- It is the largest i.e. 105-meter long and is most advanced new generation off-shore patrol vessel. It has been fitted with advanced EW and electronic systems and guns
- It is equipped with integrated bridge system, power management system, integrated machinery control system, high power external fire fighting system.
- It has a state-of-the-art propulsion system that can propel the vessel to a speed of over 25 knots. It is designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high speed boats.
- The vessel will be joining coast guard fleet based at Kochi, Kerala and will form part of the Naval Training Squadron.
- In addition, it will be deployed for other surveillance and to safeguard the maritime interests of the country.
- It will also help the coast guard meet the increasing requirement of policing and patrolling of the India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).