Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Yard-45005 was launched today at L&T Shipyard, Kattupalli in Ennore, North Chennai. It is expected to be included in the ICG in early 2020, after testing on fitness equipment and machinery is completed.
The OPV was launched by Defense Finance Secretary Gargi Kaul in the presence of ADG KR. A government press release stated that Nautiyal, PTM, TM Coast Guard Commander (East Seaboard), and Inspector General S.K. Parmish, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (East).
The OPV was launched in March 2015 in a series of seven OPVs under construction at L&T Shipbuilding against a contract between the Ministry of Defense and L&T Shipyard. The OPV is designed indigenously and is being built by a private shipbuilding yard for the ICG. , L&T Shipbuilding Ltd., at Kattupalli.
The ship will be equipped with a fire control system with a 30 mm Naval Surface Gun and two 12.7 mm cannons. The ship is also equipped with an integral twin-engined helicopter, which will enhance its operational, surveillance, search and rescue capability.
These OPVs will be used for day and night patrolling / surveillance, along with anti-terrorism / anti-trafficking operations and coastal security in the Special Economic Zone. The expected life of the ship is more than 25 years. The release said that the ship would have a crew of 102 personnel, including 14 officers.
Since the signing of the contract in March 2015, three such OPVs have been incorporated by ICG and are currently being operated under the Coast Guard Eastern and Western Sea Boards respectively, and the fourth OPV of the series, L & Ship, before induction. The building is undergoing sea trials.
The ICG has a fleet of 141 ships and boats. Besides, 65 new ships are being built at various shipyards across the country. The Coast Guard expects to have a list of 150 ships and boats by the end of the current decade, the release said.
Source: The Hindu Business Line