Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has delivered the fifth and final Flight II Rajshree-class Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV), ICGS Kanaklata Barua, to the Indian Coast Guard.
The handover was done at GRSE’s Fitting Out Unit in Kolkata on June 9, 2020.
The Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance was signed between Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE and Commanding Officer of the vessel, Comdt (JG) Subhash Kapoor, in the presence of DIG RH Nandodkar TM, Shri S.S.Dogra, Director (Finance), Cmde S.Nayyar, Director (Shipbuilding), Cmde. P R Hari, Director (Personnel) and other Senior Officials of GRSE and Indian Coast Guard.
ICGS Kanaklata Barua is the 105th vessel delivered by the Miniratna Category 1 Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) shipyard. DPSUs are the Indian state-owned companies under the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
GRSE delivers its 5th Fast Patrol Vessel to the Indian Coast Guard. This is the 105th vessel delivered by the Miniratna Category 1 Defence PSU shipyard. pic.twitter.com/FIqt3vgCIA
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Yard 2116, the fourth ship in the series of FPVs is earmarked for export delivery to the Seychelles Coast Guard and is likely to be delivered shortly after completing the related formalities. As per the related developments as on date, GRSE will make another ship as a replacement to the one diverted to the Seychelles Coast Guard. Related formalities of signing contract with the amendments to the existing contract are underway and will be completed shortly.
The Fast Patrol Vessels have been entirely designed by GRSE’s Central Design Office. With an efficient hull form developed in-house and proved through extensive model testing, these ships are designed to achieve speeds exceeding 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles. These fuel-efficient and powerful platforms are well suited for operations like patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and rescue. They are fitted with state-of-the-art Main Engines with advanced control systems & Water jet units and an ‘Integrated Bridge System’ integrating all Communication and Navigation Systems. These ships are also fitted with 40/60 Gun as Main Armament and have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel.
The Rajshree-class FPV is a medium-range surface vessel with a length of 50 m, a width of 7.5 m and a displacement of around 308 tonnes and is capable of operations in the maritime zones of India.
The entire design of these FPVs has been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by the Indian Coast Guard. The FPV designs which are exclusive to GRSE are an improvisation on the Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) built by the shipyard for the Indian Coast Guard, a few years ago. The first batch of eight IPVs, designated Rajshree-class after the lead ship of the class ICGS Rajshree (2072), were delivered to the Coast Guard by 2013.
The new FPV class is equipped with three MTU main diesel engines and built up at GRSE with advanced control systems, ‘Water Jet’ units and an ‘Integrated Bridge System’ integrating all communication and navigation systems. The vessel is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles.
The ship is also fitted with 40/60 gun as main armament and will also have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel.
The FPV platforms are designed to perform multipurpose operations like patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching, and rescue operations.