Reliance Naval & Engineering has launched a 3,000 tonne training ship, ICGC Varuna, for the Indian Coast Guard during a ceremony at the Port of Pipavav, Gujarat on Oct. 24.
The state-of-the-art training ship, the largest ship ever built for the Indian Coast Guard, was launched at the presence of Ms Urmila Singh, wife of Rajendra Singh, the Director General of the Coast Guard. The ship was named by Ms Singh as ICGS Varuna, at a ceremony attended by a large gathering of Coast Guard officers and sailors, local dignitaries and Government officials.
The training ship has the primary role to impart sea training to cadets, including an all-round exposure to the lives of Coast Guard officers.
ICGS Varuna is 105 meters long, with a capacity of accommodating 242 personnel. The vessel is powered by twin diesel engines of 10,400 KW and can move at a speed of 20 knots. She is also equipped with weapons systems and is capable of policing maritime zones of the country as well as for search and rescue missions. The vessel’s capability also includes operating a twin-engine helicopter for undertaking maritime reconnaissance.
The ship has been entirely designed by the Design Bureau of Reliance Naval & Engineering. Confirmatory model tests for the design were performed at Vienna Test Basin, Austria and vetted by internationally acclaimed experts. The vessel will join the Coast Guard fleet in May 2019 after extensive tests and trials.
Presently, Reliance Naval is constructing 20 ships of three categories for the defence services of the country—these are five Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPV) and 14 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV), apart from the Training Ship launched. Of these, six vessels are expected to be delivered in 2019.
Reliance Naval has the largest shipbuilding facility in India, encompassing one of the largest dry docks of the world, as well as a latest modular fabrication and engineering facility. The shipyard has an installed throughput of 140,000 tons of steel, equivalent to an annual revenue of Rs. 4,000 crore.