The new Indian-built Offshore Patrol Vessel Barracuda was commissioned in the service of the National Coast Guard of Mauritius in Port Louis today, March 12.
Due to the country’s vast exclusive economic zone, the vessel was much needed to maintain security and safety surrounding waters and the Indian Ocean.
Barracuda, a 1,300-tonne vessel, will be involved in policing transnational crimes like piracy and bridging the communication gaps among Mauritius’ various islands.
The vessel has automatic 30 mm Rapid Fire Gun and 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Guns as part of its ammunition. The vessel was delivered to Mauritius from Kolkata in late 2014 by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE).
Naval Today Staff, Image: GRSE