The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned its newest fast patrol vessel, ICGS Priyadarshini, into the fleet during a ceremony at the Kakinada Deep Water Port on April 26.
The vessel was ceremoniously inducted into the fleet by Additional Director-General Kripa Ram Nautiyal, PTM, TM, CGC (ES), in the presence of Inspector General Sivamani Paramesh, PTM, TM, COMCG (East) and Commandant (JG) Mahavir Singh, Commanding Officer, ICGS Priyadarshini.
ICGS Priyadarshini was launched by the Indian state-owned shipbuilder, Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd., (GRSE) during a ceremony at its Raja Bagan Dockyard Unit, Kolkata on Dec. 30, 2017. She was delivered to the Coast Guard on March 26. The vessel is the 99th warship delivered by the shipyard.
GRSE is currently executing order for five Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard and the ship ICGS Priyadarshini, is the first in the series. The balance four ships are in advanced stages of construction.
The ships belong to an upgraded follow-on class to Rajshree-class inshore patrol vessels (IPV) operated by the Coast Guard.
The new FPV is a medium range surface vessel capable for operations in Maritime Zones of India. These fuel efficient & powerful platforms are designed to perform multipurpose operations e.g. patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and rescue operations. The entire design of these FPVs has been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by Indian Coast Guard.
The ship is 50 m long, 7.5 m wide with a displacement of around 308 tons. The ship is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles, and is equipped with three main engines with advanced control systems, waterjet units and an “Integrated Bridge System” integrating all communication and navigation systems.
The ships are 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.