On February 19, 2021, Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) C-453 Interceptor Boat was commissioned in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. C-453 is the 17th of 18 Interceptor Boats which are being indigenously built by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. The ship was commissioned by Leena Nanda, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs.
- It will be commanded by Assistant Commandant Animesh Sharma and will be based at Chennai under Coast Guard Region (East).
- It will be deployed for the surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
- With the commissioning of Interceptor C-453, ICG now has 157 ships & boats and 62 aircrafts.
- C-453 has a displacement of 105 Tonnes & can travel at a maximum speed of 45 knots (85 Kmph).
- It is capable of performing various tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, close-coast patrol, Search & Rescue Operations & can provide assistance to boats and craft in distress at sea.
- It is also equipped with an advanced navigation and communication system. The quick-reaction feature of the vessel enhances its capability to swiftly respond to any maritime situation at short notice.
ICG – Expanding its capabilities
At Present 40 ships are at various stages of construction at different Shipyards in India for the ICG.
- In February 2021, ICG received 16 Advanced Light Helicopters MK-III from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to enhance its coastal security.
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i.On 15th December, 2020, Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ‘Sujeet’, which is second in the series of 5 OPVs was commissioned at the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in Vasco Town, Goa by Raj Kumar, Secretary
About Indian Coast Guard (ICG):
Director General of ICG (DG ICG) – Krishnaswamy Natarajan
Headquarters – New Delhi