Indian Coast Guard Decommissions Offshore Patrol Vessel ICGS Vigraha

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has decommissioned its Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel, ICGS Vigraha (39) during a ceremony at the Coast Guard Jetty in Visakhapatnam on May 15.

Inspector General S. Paramesh, PTM, TM, Commander of Coast Guard Region (East) was the Chief Guest for the ceremony.

ICGS Vigraha was the seventh of the nine earlier Vikram-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) jointly built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai and Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in Vasco da Gama, Goa for the Indian Coast Guard. The newest OPVs operated by the ICG is also named Vikram-class.

Vigraha was launched on Dec. 1, 1988 and was commissioned into the Coast Guard fleet on April 12, 1990.

During its 29 glorious years of service, she had participated in major coast guard operations involving search and rescue, pollution response, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anti-poaching, repatriation and joint exercises among others.

The vessel was leased to Sri Lanka Navy from August 2008 to January 2011 during Sri Lankan Civil War and was called SLNS Sayurala (P623). She was re-inducted to ICG fleet in 2011 after which it was based at Visakhapatnam.

Vigraha is last of its class of vessels decommissioned from the fleet. One vessel of the class, ICGS Varuna, was transferred to Sri Lanka Coast Guard and is called SLCGS Suraksha in SLCG service. Another one, ICGS Varaha, was transferred to Sri Lanka Navy and is called SLNS Sagara in SLN service. A derivative of VIkram-class has been exported to Mauritius as the MCGS Barracuda.

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