Indian Coast Guard Receives ‘ICGS Vaibhav’

Indian Coast Guard Receives 'ICGS Vaibhav'

“ICGS Vaibhav”, the 90 meters class of  Offshore  Patrol Vessel,  indigenously designed in house and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd was handed over to the Indian Coast Guard on 31st March 2013 .

DIG Vivek Vajpayee TM Principal Director (Material),  Shri R Choudhary Director (Ops) GSL, Shri Sanjiv Sharma Director (Fin) GSL , DIG R H Nandodkar TM CGRPS, DIG K Janardanan TM Commanding Officer and other senior GSL and Coast Guard  Officers were present on the occasion.

ICGS “Vaibhav ” is the third in the series of three OPVs  built by GSL for the Indian Coast Guard.

The vessel is equipped with most advanced state-of- the-art Navigational and  Communication equipment, sensors and machineries . The special features include an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management system (PMS), High Power external fire Fighting system (ABS Fi-Fi Class -1) and an indigenous  Close Range  Naval (CRN) 91 Gun along with Fire control system .

The Vessel is designed to carry  a Helicopter  and Five High Speed  Boats for search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime  patrol. The  Vessel  is also capable of carrying  pollution response equipment to combat oil spill at sea.  The Ship is fitted with Global  Maritime Distress  and Safety system (GMDSS) making it an apt  platform to carry out search and rescue operations in Indian Search and Rescue Region (ISRR) .

Propelled by twin diesel engines, the vessel has an endurance of 4500 nautical miles and attains a maximum speed of 26 knots. The vessel can stay at Sea for 15 days without replenishment. The sustenance and reach coupled with most modern equipment and systems; provide the OPV with a capability to perform the role of a command platform.

Naval Today Staff, April 2, 2013; Image: Goa Shipyard

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