On December 15, 2020, Indigenously built Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) – C-454 Interceptor boat was commissioned at Hazira, Surat, Gujarat by Surat Police Commissioner Ajay Tomar. The ship has been built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
i.The ship will be used for tightening security along Gujarat’s 1600 km maritime borders.
ii.C-454 Interceptor Boat is the 54th boat built by L&T for ICG.
i.C-454 will be used for patrolling, preventing illicit activities like infiltration, smuggling, and illegal fishing activities along the International borders. It is also capable of operating in shallow waters.
ii.The vessel is equipped with modern navigation and communication equipment which are suitable for high speed interception, close coast patrol, low intensity maritime operations, search and rescue and maritime surveillance.
iii.The boat is equipped with 2 Rifles, 1 Pistol, 12.7 mm heavy machine gun (Prahari) as the main armaments.
iv.C-454 will operate from Gujarat under the control of Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West) of ICG.
v.It is capable of travelling at a speed of 45 Knots (85 Kilometres per hour), and has endurance of 500 nautical miles at 25 knots of speed.
Recent Related News:
i.On November 3, 2020, Western Seaboard Commander Additional Director General (ADG), Rajan Bargotra virtually commissioned the Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘C-452’ at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.
About Indian Coast Guard (ICG):
Director General of ICG (DG ICG) – Krishnaswamy Natarajan
Motto – Vayam Rakshamah (“We Protect”)