On August 12, 2017, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan commissioned Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya’ in Goa.
Features of Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Shaurya’:
- ICGS ‘Shaurya’ is the fifth in the series of six 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
- It has been designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.
- ICGS ‘Shaurya’ draws 2,350 tonne and is propelled by 9100 kilowatt diesel engine.
- Key features of ICGS ‘Shaurya’ include 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high-power external fire fighting system.
- It has been designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high-speed boats, including two quick reaction inflatable boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.
- It is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
- ICGS ‘Shaurya’ will be based at Chennai and will be placed under the operational and administrative control of Commander Coast Guard Region (East).
- It will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance, apart from safeguarding India’s maritime interests.
- It is to be noted that currently, the Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 129 ships and boats, and 72 ships and boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards in India.
Quick Facts about Indian Coast Guard:
- Indian Coast Guard(ICG) protects India’s maritime interests and enforces maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone.
- It was formally established in year 1978 and operates under Union Defence Ministry.
- Headquarters of ICG is located in New Delhi.
- Mr. Rajendra Singh is the current Director General of Indian Coast Guard.