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 (Defence Production). The vessel has been designed and built indigenously by GSL.
i.The 1st ship in series – ICGS (ICG Ship) Sachet was commissioned by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in May, 2020.
ii.OPV Sujeet was commissioned in the presence of K Natarajan, Director General of Indian Coast Guard and others.
i.‘Sujeet’ has been equipped with features like Integrated Bridge System, Integrated platform management system, power management system and high power external fire-fighting.
ii.It is capable of carrying 1 twin engine helicopter, 4 high speed boats, 2 inflatable boats for boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.
iii.The ship will be based at Goa and will be deployed extensively for EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) surveillance and other duties.
iv.The ship will be 105 metres long and weigh 2400 tonnes.
v.At present, ICG has stated that it has 155 ships and 62 Aircrafts at its disposal with 35 more ships in various stages of construction at shipyards across India.
Recent Related News:
i.On May 15, 2020 Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh has commissioned the indigenously-built Indian Coast Guard Ship(ICGS) Sachet, the 1st in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), and Interceptor Boats(IB’s) C-450 and C-451 in Goa by video conference from New Delhi.
About Indian Coast Guard (ICG):
Director General of ICG (DG ICG) – Krishnaswamy Natarajan
Headquarters – New Delhi