The Indian Coast Guard’s Vishwast-class offshore patrol vessel, ICGS Vaibhav (32) has arrived in Singapore on Feb. 12, morning and is now berthed alongside the Keppel harbour.
According to a statement released by the Coast Guard, the visit demonstrates India’s ‘Act East’ policy and its increasing footprint and operational reach.
The commanding Officer of the ship called on the High Commissioner of India, Jawed Ashraf and the Singapore Police Coast Guard officials visited on board the ship for familiarization and exercise briefing.
ICGS Vaibhav (32)
ICGS Vaibhav (32) is the third Vishwast-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
Vishwast-class are series of three OPVs built by the state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) located in Vasco da Gama, Goa. The ships in this class are 93.6 metres (307 ft 1 in) in length and are armed with a 30 mm Close Range Naval Gun (CRN-91) with an optical fire control system for policing the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The vessels are propelled by two MTU engines delivering 18,000 kW (24,000 hp) of power and have a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12–14 knots.
Their features include an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System (ABS Fi-Fi Class-1).
They carry one helicopter and five high speed boats. The ships are also fitted with advanced Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
The ships are primarily designed for patrolling and policing maritime zones, search and rescue operations, maritime surveillance, anti-smuggling operations, pollution response against oil spillages and external fire-fighting.