The Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel, ICGS Shoor (12) arrived at the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka for a goodwill visit on March 30, 2018.
Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, has welcomed the ship. The ship’s visit is aimed at furthering cooperation and enhancing the interaction with the Navy and the Coast Guard of India and Sri Lanka.
RAdm Samantha Wimalathunge, Director General of SriLanka Coast Guard, interacted with officers on board the vessel. The crew of the ship carried Swachhta Abhiyan mission at the Uswetakeiyawa beach of Sri Lanka and played volleyball with Coast Guard counterpart.
Captain of ICGS Shoor M. Murugan told a group reporters who was on a tour to the ship on Monday that the visit was intended to strengthen bilateral ties enjoyed by two countries’ Navies and further cooperation and interoperability between the Coast Guards of both the nations.
The ship is due to leave Sri Lanka on 3rd April.
ICGS Shoor (12)
ICGS Shoor (12) is the second Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Indian Coast Guard. They are an improvement over the earlier Vishwast-class OPV’s.
The class is 105 metres (344 ft 6 in) long with a displacement of 2,350 tonnes and indigenously designed and constructed by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
The keel of ICGS Shoor was laid on 28 January 2013. The vessel was launched on 21 March 2015 and was commissioned into the Coast Guard fleet on 11 April 2016. The ship is based in Manglore.
Features of the Samarth-class OPVs include Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
The vessels 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, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The class is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to combat oil spill contamination at sea.