Com­mis­sion­ing of 4th in­shore pa­trol ves­sel ICGS Rani Gaidin­liu


The fast pa­trol ves­sel ICGS Rani Gaidin­liu of the In­dian Coast Guard was com­mis­sioned at Visakha­p­at­nam by Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ra­jen­dra Singh, PTM, TM, In­dian Coast Guard (ICG), in the pres­ence of In­spec­tor Gen­eral Ra­jan Bar­go­tra, TM Com­man­der Coast Guard Re­gion (East), and other se­nior dig­ni­taries of the Cen­tral and state govern­ments. The ship has been named af­ter fa­mous free­dom fighter Rani Gaidin­liu from Ma­nipur.

The 51-me­tre fast pa­trol ves­sel (FPV), ICGS Rani Gaidin­liu, the fourth of its class, has been de­signed and built in­dige­nously by the Hin­dus­tan Ship­yard Lim­ited (HSL). The ves­sel is equipped with the most ad­vanced and so­phis­ti­cated nav­i­ga­tional and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sen­sors and equip­ment. The ship is pro­pelled 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 and can achieve a max­i­mum speed of 34 knots. This is the fourth FPV among the five ves­sels be­ing con­structed by HSL. Speak­ing dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of the ves­sel, DG ICG lauded the ef­forts of the Coast Guard in guard­ing the coastal se­cu­rity.

Ex­plain­ing the role of ICGS Rani Gaidin­liu, the DG ICG said that the FPV will pri­mar­ily fo­cus on sur­veil­lance at the sea, coastal pa­trol, anti-smug­gling op­er­a­tions, pro­tec­tion of fish­er­men apart from the rou­tine search and res­cue op­er­a­tions. ICGS Rani Gaidin­liu has a com­ple­ment of 5 of­fi­cers and 34 men and is com­manded by Com­man­dant Ramesh V. Talke. The ship will be based at Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional con­trol of the Com­man­der, Coast Guard Re­gion (East).

ICGS Rani Gaidin­liu on join­ing will en­hance Coast Guard’s ca­pa­bil­ity in fur­ther­ing its man­date of mar­itime safety, se­cu­rity of the eastern seaboard.

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