On September 30, 2020 Jiwesh Nandan, additional secretary, Ministry of Defence commissioned the Indian Coast Guard(ICG) Ship Kanaklata Barua, the last in the series of 5 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) through video conferencing at Kolkata, West Bengal. The Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd designed and indigenously built the 49 metre(m) ship as per requirements specified by ICG.
Note– It is to be noted that this is the 2nd time in the record of Indian maritime history that a Coast Guard ship was commissioned through the digital medium, maintaining the strict protocol of social distance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Krishnaswamy(K) Natarajan, Director General(DG) of ICG and Rear Admiral Vipin Kumar(VK) Saxena, IN (Retired), Chairman and Managing Director(CMD) of GRSE among others attended the virtual meeting.
Reason behind the name Kanaklata Barua
The ship was named in the honour of Kanaklata Barua, a martyred freedom fighter who led the procession carrying the Indian national flag during the 1942 Quit India movement.
Gist about Kanaklata Barua Ship
i.It has 70% indigineous content, hence provides necessary stimulation to the Indian shipbuilding industry.
ii.It is propelled by 3 MTU 4000 series engines designed to reach a maximum speed of 35 knots which displaces about 310 tons.
iii.It is designed to carry 1 RIB(Rigid Inflatable Boat)high speed boats and a Gemini boat for quick boarding and search & rescue operations.
iv.It replaces a similarly named vessel that was in commission from 1997 to 2018.
v.Upon joining the Coast Guard fleet, the ship will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, coastal security and other duties as specified in the Coast Guard charter of duties, to protect the nation’s maritime interest.
vi.The ship is commanded by Commandant (JG)Subash Kapoor.
What are Fast Patrol Vessels?
They are medium-range surface vessels with a length of 50 metres, width of 7.5 metres and displacement of around 308 tonnes.
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About Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd:
Chairman and Managing Director(CMD)– Vipin Kumar Saxena, IN (Retired)
Headquarters– Kolkata(formerly Calcutta), West Bengal
About Indian Coast Guard(ICG):
Director General– Krishnaswamy Natarajan
Headquarters– New Delhi, India