Indian state-owned shipbuilder, Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL) has launched the Indian Coast Guard’s third Batch 2 Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), the future ICGS Sajag (20), during a ceremony at its facility in Goa on Nov. 14.
The vessel, with Yard no. 1235, was ceremoniously launched by Vijaya Naik, wife of Shripad Y. Naik, the Indian Minister of State for Defence, in presence of Subhash Chandra, Secretary (Defence Production) at Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD); K Natarajan, Director General of the Coast Guard and other dignitaries of Central and State governments.
@IndiaCoastGuard Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Yard 1235’ the third in the series of 05 OPVs project indigenously designed & built by #GoaShipyard and fitted with the state-of-the-art Machinery, equipment & systems. pic.twitter.com/98MWQH2znb
— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) November 14, 2019
The vessel is the second of the five OPVs ordered by the Indian Coast Guard under the 5-ship Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (CGOPV) project, which is a follow-on of earlier 6-ship CG OPV Project (Samarth-class OPVs) completed in 2017. All six Samarth-class vessels are in operation with the Coast Guard.
The contract for 5 OPVs was signed by GSL with Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Aug. 26, 2016, and commencement of production of the vessels was formally started within 3 months with formal steel cutting by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Nov. 13, 2016. The keel for the first vessel was laid in March 2017.
The first vessel of the class, ICGS Sachet (18), was launched by the then Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, during a ceremony at GSL facility in Goa on Feb. 21 this year. The second vessel, ICGS Sujeet (19), was launched on May 25.
These vessels are based on GSL’s in-house design and will be 105 metres long with a displacement of 2,350 tonnes. According to GSL, they are fitted with most modern and technologically advanced machinery and computerized controls systems, making them the most advanced patrol vessels in service with the Coast Guard.
The ships will feature Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
The OPVs are designed to carry one twin-engine light helicopter and five high-speed boats including two Palfinger Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) for fast boarding operations, search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement and maritime patrol. The class is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to combat oil spill contamination at sea.
The vessels of the class are scheduled to be delivered between Jan 2020 to Jun 2021.