Com­mis­sion­ing of off­shore pa­trol ves­sel ICGS Sa­marth


The In­dian Coast Guard Ship Sa­marth, the first in the se­ries of six off­shore pa­trol ves­sels (OPVs) was com­mis­sioned at Goa by De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar on Novem­ber 10, in the pres­ence of Vice Ad­mi­ral H.C.S. Bisht, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, In­dian Coast Guard, CMD Goa Ship­yard Lim­ited (GSL) Rear Ad­mi­ral Shekhar Mit­tal (Retd) and other se­nior dig­ni­taries of the Cen­tral and state gov­ern­ment. ‘Sa­marth’ mean­ing ‘Ca­pa­ble’ is a pro­jec­tion of In­dian Coast Guard’s will and com­mit­ment ‘to serve and pro­tect’ the mar­itime in­ter­est of the na­tion.

This 105-me­tre OPV has been de­signed and built in­dige­nously by GSL and is fit­ted with most ad­vanced state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, nav­i­ga­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment, sen­sors and ma­chin­ery. The fea­tures in­clude an in­te­grated bridge sys­tem (IBS), in­te­grated ma­chin­ery con­trol sys­tem (IMCS), power man­age­ment sys­tem (PMS) and high power ex­ter­nal fire­fight­ing sys­tem. The ship is de­signed to carry one twin-en­gine light he­li­copter and five high speed boats in­clud­ing two QRIB’s for fast board­ing oper­a­tions, search and res­cue, law en­force­ment and mar­itime pa­trol. The ship is also ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing pol­lu­tion re­sponse equip­ment to con­tain oil spill at sea.

The ship, on join­ing the fleet, will be based at Goa. She will be de­ployed ex­ten­sively for EEZ sur­veil­lance and other du­ties as en­shrined in the Coast Guard Char­ter. The ves­sel will be ex­ploited ex­ten­sively on the Western Seaboard, to safe­guard the mar­itime in­ter­ests of In­dia. Presently, In­dian Coast Guard has a fleet of 117 ships.

ICGS Sa­marth will be manned by a com­ple­ment of 14 of­fi­cers and 98 men and com­manded by Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral Rakesh Pal, TM un­der the over­all com­mand and con­trol of Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion (West).

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