GRSE Delivers Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Amrit Kaur to Indian Coast Guard

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) delivered the third Flight II Rajshree-class Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV), ICGS Amrit Kaur, to the Indian Coast Guard on Nov. 19.

The vessel is the 102nd ship delivered by GRSE, an Indian Ministry of Defence-owned shipbuilder.

ICGS Amrit Kaur, with Yard no. 2115, was launched during a ceremony at its shipyard in Kolkata on Nov. 22 last year along with the fourth vessel of the class, ICGS Kamla Devi.

The 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 first vessel of Flight II FPVs, ICGS Priyadarshini (221), was delivered to the ICG on April 26. The second vessel of the class, ICGS Annie Besant, was delivered earlier this month.

ICGS Amrit Kaur 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.

These powerful, fuel-efficient platforms are designed to perform multipurpose operations like patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching, and rescue operations.

GRSE, currently has a strong order book position of around Rs 27, 400 crore under which there are a total of 22 warships at various stages of construction. Presently, the company has six projects that are underway viz., five projects of the Indian Navy and one of the Indian Coast Guard.

The company is also aggressively pursuing the new request for proposals (RFP) that have been issued by MoD. GRSE has responded to the RFPs for two Pollution Control Vessels (PCVs) and eight Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard. GRSE is also preparing a response to RFPs for the construction of 12 Air-Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) for the Coast Guard and the Indian Army and the major project for the construction of six New Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) for the Indian Navy.

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