Indian state-owned shipbuilder, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) has launched two Flight II Rajshree-class Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard during a ceremony at its shipyard in Kolkata on Nov. 22.
The vessels, named ICGS Amrit Kaur and ICGS Kamla Devi, are the third and fourth in the series of five FPVs being built by GRSE for the Coast Guard.
During the ceremony , the ships were ceremoniously launched by Veena Naravane, wife of Lt. General Manoj Mukund Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding-In-Chief; Eastern Command, Indian Army. The ceremony was held in the presence of Rear Admiral V.K.Saxena, Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE, and other Senior Officials of GRSE, Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, and Indian Army.
The first vessel of the class, ICGS Priyadarshini, was launched on Dec. 30 last year with the second vessel launched on March 31 this year.
The FPVs are 50 meters long, 7.5 meters wide and have a displacement of around 308 Tons. These ships are designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles.
The GRSE FPV designs are an improvisation of the Rajshree-class Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV) built by the shipyard for the Indian Coast Guard, few years ago. The vessels come with an efficient hull form developed in-house and proved after extensive model testing. These are fuel efficient and the powerful platforms, and are well suited for patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and rescue operations.
The vessels come fitted with state-of-the-art main engines with advanced control systems and water jet units and an ‘Integrated Bridge System’ assimilating all communication and navigation Systems. The key armament of a 40/60 Gun and improved habitability features with fully air conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel are the other salient features of the ships.
With the completion of the launch, the company is gearing up for the post launch activities which include balance fitting out of the ship, readiness of ship systems and setting to work of equipment / systems. Once over, the ships would be put to sea for trials before final delivery to the Coast Guard.
GRSE recently started the construction of the second Project 17A (P17A)-class advanced stealth frigate contracted by the Indian Navy. The first ship is under construction at India’s another state-owned shipbuilder, Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).
The shipyard was also recently awarded a contract by the Indian Navy for construction of four Survey Vessels (Large).