Commissioning of Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkiran
Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkiran, the third of the series of eight Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs), designed and built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata, was commissioned on August 29 at Visakhapatnam by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command.
The 50-metre indigenous IPV displaces 300 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 34 knots, with an endurance of 1,500 nautical miles at economical speed of 16 knots. Equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipment, it makes an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue, and medical evacuation. The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS) and an integrated gun mount with indigenous Fire Control System (FCS).
ICGS Rajkiran, literally meaning “Royal Light”, will be based at Haldia and will be under the administrative and operational control of the commander, Coast Guard Region (North-east).
In his address during the commissioning ceremony, vice Admiral Anil Chopra assured that the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard are working in tandem to achieve the overall objective of India’s maritime and coastal security. He also stated that there are numerous stakeholders involved in coastal security and building synergy amongst all of them is extremely important to achieve the common goal of national security.
The ship is commanded by Lt Cdr Sumanta Roy, who is a specialist in anti-submarine warfare, in the presence of Inspector General S.P. Sharma, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East) and other senior dignitaries of the Central and state government. The ship has a crew of five officers and 30 enrolled personnel.