Mauritius Coast Guard commissions CGS Valiant patrol vessel

Mauritius Coast Guard has commissioned its CGS Valiant patrol vessel at Port Louis on 16 August 2017.

The ship, built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), is the second Sarojini Naidu-class Water Jet Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) supplied by India to Mauritius.

The Indian Navy said in a statement that it oversaw the construction of the ship and was involved in its trials, acceptance, and timely delivery. Rear Admiral Surendra Ahuja, Assistant Controller Warship Production and Acquisition represented the Indian Navy at the commissioning ceremony.

CGS Valiant is primarily designed for Coastal Patrolling, Anti-piracy, Anti-smuggling, Anti-drug Surveillance, Anti-poaching Operations, and Search and Rescue Operations. The Sarojini class of watercraft are seagoing, high speed, armed surveillance platform, capable of shallow water operations.

The vessel is powered by three 2,720 kW MTU diesel engines, driving independent Kamewa water-jets and are designed for good maneuverability and are capable of operating in up to Sea State 4 and can withstand Sea State 6. The vessel has an operational range of 1,500 nm and is capable of achieving a high speed of 37 knots.

The vessel is fitted with 30 mm CRN-91 Naval Gun at forward and two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns (HMG) and 7.62 mm medium machine guns (MMG), each installed on both sides of the board.

They are fitted with the latest satellite communication and navigation systems including differential global positioning system (DGPS), electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) and global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS).

They have air-conditioned accommodation for a crew of 35 and have an endurance of 7 days. The vessels in this series are eco-friendly, featuring an onboard sewage treatment plant and the gases used for air-conditioning are ozone layer friendly.

During the trials, the vessel achieved 37.5 knots and all other design parameters.

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