Aiming to enhance Coast Guard’s capability in ensuring maritime safety and security, a Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) — Anagh and two interceptor boats– C-430 and C-417 have been commissioned into the Coast Guard’s Eastern fleet.
Lt. Gen. Ajay Kumar Singh, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, who also hold the additional charge as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, commissioned the vessels on Sunday at a ceremony held at the Chennai port, a Coast Guard release said.
These ships would enhance Coast Guard’s capability in furthering its mandate of maritime safety and security, environmental protection and coastal security and add more teeth to the existing fleet on the Eastern Sea Board, it said.
FPV Anagh is a 50 meter long, water jet propelled high speed vessel with displacement of 290 tonnes and a maximum speed of 33 knots. It is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue,and medical evacuation, the release said.
ICGS C-430 and C-417 are among 36 interceptor boats being built and inducted into the Coast Guard. They have an overall length of 27.8 metres, displacement of 101 tonnes and maximum speed of 45 knots. These twin diesel engine boats with twin water jet propulsion are capable of taking on coordinated operations with other sea-air units, besides surveillance, interdiction and search and rescue, it said.
While Cochin Shipyard Limited has designed and built ICGS Anagh, Larsen & Toubro has made the interceptor boats.