The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned its sixth and final 105M Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), ICGS Sujay during a ceremony in Goa, on Dec. 20.
During the ceremony, Rajendra Singh, Director General (DG) of ICG, presented the ships crest to the first Commanding Officer of the newly commissioned ship, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Yoginder Dhaka.
ICGS Sujay will be based at Paradip, Odisha on the country’s Eastern Seaboard and will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveilance and other duties. The vessel is manned by 12 officers and 94 sailors.
The ship was delivered to the Coast Guard by the state-owned shipbuilder, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), last month, 34 days ahead of the contractual schedule, earning a unique distinction for the shipbuilder of delivering all 6 OPVs ahead of contractual schedule in a row.
The commissioning of this sixth OPV to Coast Guard marks completion of the 6 CGOPV Project, the first vessel of which was commissioned by then Defence Minister of India, Manohar Parrikar, on 10 Nov. 2015.
Presently, ICG has a fleet of 132 vessels and 66 vessels are at various stages of construction at different shipyards in the country.
Samarth-class is a series of six offshore patrol vessels (OPV) built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard. They are an improvement over the earlier Vishwast-class OPVs.
The class is 105 metres (344 ft 6 in) long with a displacement of 2,350 tonnes.
Features include Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
They are designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two Palfinger QRIBs for fast boarding operations, search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement and maritime patrol. The class is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to combat oil spill contamination at sea.
In August 2016, a follow-on consisting of five patrol vessels was placed for INR 20 billion ($310 million).