Chennai, ‘Yard 45004’ (ICGS Varaha), the fourth in the series of 98 M Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) of Indian Coast Guard, was launched at L and T Kattupalli Shipyard, near here on Friday.
It was launched by Ms Chitra Chafekar, President Tatrakshika (Western Region) in the presence of IG V D Chafekar, Commander, Coast Guard Region (West), Mumbai.
This 98 M OPV has been designed and built indigenously by L and T as part of the ICG shipbuilding contract for construction of seven OPVs awarded to the company on March 30, 2015 by the Defence Ministry.
The first and second ships have already been delivered to ICG and were presently based in Western Coast and Eastern Coast and the third OPV would be delivered in early 2019. The shipyard will deliver all the seven ships by March 2021.
A defence release said this ship was fitted with advanced technology navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery.
The weapon fit included one 30 mm and two 12.7 mm guns with Fire Control System. The ship was also equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Automated Power Management System (APMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting (EFF) system.
‘Yard 45004’ (ICGS Varaha) would 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 would also be capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
The ship has been designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots and has an endurance of 5,000 Nautical Miles.The release said the Coast Guard was on the path of rapid expansion, which requires a large number of state-of-the-art ships and aircraft to strengthen the maritime security mechanism in emerging security scenario.
The assets requirement is being met by adding new ships and replenishment of ageing fleet in a phased manner.Induction of these Vessels would provide the much needed impetus to the deterrence role of ICG in security and safety of maritime interests of the country.
Presently, the Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 139 ships and 62 aircraft. Further, 56 ships were at various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyards, the release said.