Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned the ICGS Shaurya Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) into its fleet in Goa on August 12.
The commissioning was done by Indian Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan in the presence of ICG Director General, Rajendra Singh and other senior officials of the Central and state governments.
ICGS Shaurya is the fifth in the series of six 105m Samarth-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL).
‘Shaurya’ meaning courage is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment “To serve and protect” the maritime interest of the nation. The ship will be homeported in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under the operational and administrative control of Commander Coast Guard Region (East).
The ship has a displacement of 2350 tons and is propelled by two 9100 kW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 23 knots and has an endurance of 6000 nautical miles at cruising speed.
The vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. The features include 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
The ship is designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high-speed boats including two Quick Reaction Inflatable Boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
The ship will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in Coast Guard Charter, to safeguard the maritime interests of India. The sustenance and reach coupled with the latest and modern equipment and systems, provides her with the capability to perform the role of a command platform and accomplish all Coast Guard charter of duties.
Shaurya is commanded by Deputy Inspector General DS Chauhan and manned by 12 officers & 94 men.
Presently Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 129 Ships & boats and 72 Ships & boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards in India.