Off shore patrol vessel ‘ICGS Shaunak’ commissioned

The 105M Offshore Petrol Vessel “ICGS SHAUNAK” Built By Goa Shipyard Limited is Dedicated to Nation by Hon,Ble Railway Minister

PANAJI: Indian Coast Guard today commissioned ‘Shaunak’, the fourth ship in the series of six off shore patrol vessels (OPV) in South Goa’s Vasco. The maritime security of India has got another significant fillip with the induction of the fourth in the series of the new 105M Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) “ICGS SHAUNAK” in the Indian Coast Guard, built by Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) using its in-house design. Hon’ble Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu dedicated ICGS “SHAUNAK”, the largest and most advanced new generation OPV to the Nation at an impressive ceremony held at GSL on 21st February 2017 in the distinguished presence of Director General Coast Guard Rajendra Singh and other dignitaries.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu commissioned the ship in presence of senior Indian Coast Guard officials, including Director General Rajendra Singh.

“The 105-metre-long OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with the state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries,” a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

The feature ofthe vessel includes 30 mm CRN naval gun, integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high power external fire fighting system.

The ship is designed to carry one twin engine light helicopterand five high speed boats, including two quick reaction inflatable boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.

The spokesperson said that the ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to control oil spill at sea.

The ship on joining coast guard fleet will be based at Visakhapatnam and deploy extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance and other duties as enshrined in Coast Guard charter to safeguard the maritime interests of India.

Addressing the gathering, Director General Coast Guard Rajendra Singh highlighted the strong symbiotic relationship of mutual cooperation between Goa Shipyard and Coast Guard and stated that the excellent quality of the OPVs delivered by GSL are testimony to its innate capability and strong commitment to Customers, which has gone a long way in assisting Coast Guard achieve its Capital Expansion plan.

ADG K Natrajan, Commander Western Seaboard, FOGA RAdm. Puneet Bahl, Directors Mr S P Raikar, Mr T N Sudhakar, Cmde B B Nagpal and Senior Officials of GSL and Coast Guard, Government, were also present during the Commissioning ceremony.

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