The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned its fifth Rani Abbakka-class fast patrol vessel, ICGS Rani Rashmoni (81) during a ceremony at the Coast Guard jetty in Visakhapatnam on June 18, 2018.
The official induction of the vessel was done by V. S. R. Murthy, the Additional Director General of the Coast Guard. The patrol vessel will have a complement four officers and 34 men, is commanded by Navdeep Safaya and will be based in Visakhapatnam.
ICGS Rani Rashmoni is the last one of the five Phase 1 Rani Abbakka-class fast patrol vessels (FPV) initially ordered by the Coast Guard. So far four such ships – ICGS Rani Abbakka (77), ICGS Rani Avanti Bai (78), ICGS Rani Durgavati (79) and ICGS Rani Gaidinliu (80) – have been commissioned and are in active service at various locations on India’s eastern seaboard. An additional 8 ships were also ordered (Phase-2) later.
Rani Abbakka-class are a series of fast inshore patrol vessels (IPV) built by the state-owned shipbuilder, Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. (HSL), for the Indian Coast Guard.
The vessels have a length of 50 meters, beam of 8 metres, draught of 4.5 metres and have weight of 275 tonnes. They are powered by three MTU 4000 series diesel engines of 2720 KW capacity at 2100-rpm coupled with three Rolls-Royce Kamewa 71S II waterjets. The vessels have a top speed of 31.5 knots and an endurance of 1,500 nautical miles at cruise speed of 14 knots.
The patrol vessels are fitted with an advanced Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), to carry out search and rescue (SAR) operations. Other features include Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Machinery Control System, Infra-red Communication System.
Armament consist of one CRN 91 Naval Gun along with its fire control system. They also carry one rigid inflatable boat (RIB). The ship’s crew consists of five officers and 34 men.
The first of the series ICGS Rani Abbakka was launched on 28 May 2009 at Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Visakhapatnam and was commissioned on 20 January 2012.