Indian Coast Guard Commissions Fast Patrol Vessels ICGS Annie Besant and ICGS Amrit Kaur

The Indian Coast Guard commissioned two Flight II Rajshree-class Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), ICGS Annie Besant and ICGS Amrit Kaur, during a ceremony in Kolkata on Jan. 12.

The ceremony was attended by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Director General of the Coast Guard K. Natarajan.

ICGS Annie Besant was delivered to the Coast Guard by its manufacturer, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), on Nov. 5, 2019, while ICGS Amrit Kaur was delivered by GRSE on Nov. 19.

Flight II Rajshree-class FPVs are medium-range surface vessels with a length of 50 m, a width of 7.5 m and a displacement of around 308 tonnes and are 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 FPVs are equipped with three MTU main diesel engines and are equipped with advanced control systems, ‘Water Jet’ units and an ‘Integrated Bridge System’ integrating all communication and navigation systems. The vessels are designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles.

The vessels are fitted with a 40/60 gun as the main armament and have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel.

The platforms are designed to perform multipurpose operations like patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching, and rescue operations.

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