The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commissioned an interceptor boat at the Karaikal port to enhance its shallow water operational capability along the South Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast.
- ICGS C-422 was commissioned by Speaker of the Puducherry Assembly Sabapathy with full military honours in the presence of Inspector-General S.P. Sharma, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East), Deputy Inspector-General S.C. Tyagi and Karaikal Station Commandant S.N.M. Patnaik.
About ICGS C-422
The interceptor boat is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and coordinated operations with sea and air units.
- ICGS C-422 is among the 36 interceptor boats being built for the Coast Guard.
- It has been designed and built indigenously by M/s. Larsen and Toubro Ltd.
- The 80-m-long boat can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots.
- It is equipped with two diesel engines and will have an endurance of 500 nautical miles.
- It is fitted with state-of-the-art communication and navigational equipment.
- The boat will be based at Karaikal and have a complement of 1 officer and 11 ICGS personnel.
Two fast patrol vessels, ICGS Rani Durgavati and ICGS Ameya and two interceptor boats, C-428 and C-415, are already based at the Karaikal port.