ICG’s Vi­jaya, 2nd in se­ries of 98-me­tre off­shore pa­trol ves­sels, com­mis­sioned

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

IN­DIAN Coast Guard (ICG) Ship Vi­jaya, the sec­ond in the se­ries of 98-me­tre off­shore pa­trol ves­sels (OPVs) was com­mis­sioned in Chen­nai by De­fence Sec­re­tary San­jay Mi­tra on Fri­day.

De­signed and built in­dige­nously by Larsen & Toubro, the ves­sel is fit­ted with ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, nav­i­ga­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment, sen­sor and ma­chin­ery and will en­hance the ICG’s op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity to dis­charge the mul­ti­far­i­ous mar­itime

tasks. The ship, on join­ing the Coast Guard fleet, will be based at Paradip. She will be de­ployed ex­ten­sively for Ex­clu­sive Eco­nomic Zone (EZ) sur­veil­lance and other du­ties as en­shrined in the Coast Guard char­ter.

Presently, ICG has a fleet of 137 ships and 62 air­craft. Fur­ther, 61 ships are at var­i­ous stages of con­struc­tion at dif­fer­ent ship­yards. Vi­jaya is com­manded by Harinder Jit Singh and manned by 12 of­fi­cers and 91 men.

The ship is equipped with an In­te­grated Bridge Sys­tem, In­te­grated Plat­form Man­age­ment

Sys­tem, Au­to­mated Power Man­age­ment Sys­tem and High Power Ex­ter­nal Fire­fight­ing sys­tem.

It is de­signed to carry one twinengine he­li­copter and four high speed boats, in­clud­ing two in­flat­able boats for board­ing op­er­a­tion, search and res­cue, law en­force­ment and pa­trol. The ship is also ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing lim­ited pol­lu­tion re­sponse equip­ment to con­tain oil spill at sea.

Ra­jen­dra Singh, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, ICG, and se­nior dig­ni­taries of the Cen­tral and State gov­ern­ments were present on the oc­ca­sion.

EX­PRESS

San­jay Mi­tra, the De­fence Sec­re­tary, com­mis­sion­ing the In­dian Coast Guard ship Vi­jaya at Chen­nai Port on Fri­day |

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