Com­mis­sion­ing of In­dian Coast Guard Ship Ra­jki­ran

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

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.

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