On September 25, 2019, Defence Minister of India, Mr Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Varaha at the Chennai Port Trust, Tamil Nadu in the presence of ICG Director General (DG) Krishnaswamy Natarajan and others. It is the fourth in the series of seven 98-m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). Mr Singh had also participated in the Investiture Ceremony of Coast Guard in Chennai.Key Points:
- ICGS Varaha, designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at its Kattupalli ship building yard in North Chennai, will be based at New Mangalore Port, Karnataka under the administrative and operational control of Commander Coast Guard region (west).
- It will be commanded by Commandant Dushyant Kumar.
- It will have on board 14 officers and 89 men and has capabilities to operate twin engine Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) developed indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and can also carry limited Pollution Response equipment to contain oil spill at Sea.
- Equipped with advanced state-of-the-art communication technology and navigation, sensor and machinery, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Automated Power Management System (APMS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), high power external fire fighting system and Help Traversing System, the ship’s weaponry includes one 30 mm and two 12.7 mm guns to enhance the fighting efficiency of the vessel.
- The ship can carry four high-speed boats including two rigid hull inflated boats for boarding operation, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.
- It displaces 2,100 tonne and is capable of achieving maximum speed of 26 knots and endurance of 5000 nautical miles.
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