In­shore pa­trol ves­sel Rajdhwaj com­mis­sioned


The In­dian Coast Guard ship Rajdhwaj, the 50-me­tre-long in­shore pa­trol ves­sel (IPV), the last in the se­ries of eight IPVs de­signed and built by the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and Engi­neers, Kolkata, was com­mis­sioned re­cently at Chen­nai by G.K. Vasan, Union Min­is­ter of Ship­ping. Those present in­cluded Vice Ad­mi­ral Anurag G. Thap­liyal, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral In­dian Coast Guard, In­spec­tor Gen­eral S.P. Sharma, Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion (East) and other se­nior dig­ni­taries.

The IPV is equipped with the most ad­vanced and so­phis­ti­cated nav­i­ga­tional and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sen­sors and equip­ment. The ship is pro­pelled to a max­i­mum speed of 31.5 knots by three MTU 4000 se­ries diesel en­gines of 2,720 kW ca­pac­ity at 2,100 rpm each, cou­pled with three 71S2 Rolls-Royce Kamewa Jets. At eco­nom­i­cal speed of 14 knots, it has an en­durance of 1,500 nau­ti­cal miles. The spe­cial fea­tures of the ship in­clude an in­te­grated bridge sys­tem (IBS), in­te­grated ma­chin­ery con­trol sys­tem (IMCS), and an in­dige­nously built 30mm gun mount with fire con­trol sys­tem. The ship is de­signed to carry one rigid in­flat­able boat and two Gem­i­nis for search and res­cue, law en­force­ment and mar­itime pa­trol.

ICGS Rajdhwaj, which is manned by five of­fi­cers and 30 men un­der the Com­mand of Com­man­dant (JG) V.K. Par­mar will be based at Kak­i­nada un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional con­trol of the Com­man­der, Coast Guard Dis­trict Head­quar­ters No. 6, Visakha­p­at­nam. The ship on join­ing the Coast Guard fleet will en­hance Coast Guard’s ca­pa­bil­ity in its man­date of mar­itime safety and se­cu­rity, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and coastal se­cu­rity on the East­ern sea board.

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