Indian Ministry of Defence-owned shipbuilder, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) delivered ICGS Annie Besant, the second in the series of five Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV), to the Indian Coast Guard, on Nov. 5.
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, Commandant (JG) Sunny Deo, in the presence of DIG Sudhir Sahani, TM, Principal Director (Material), Cmde, P R Hari, Director (Personnel) and Cmde. Sanjeev Nayyar, IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding) and other Senior Officials of GRSE and Indian Coast Guard.
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.
ICGS Annie Besant 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.