The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned the seventeenth in the series of twenty Aadesh-class Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited.
The ship was commissioned as ‘Arush’ during a ceremony held at Kochi on May 26.
The 50 meter FPV displaces 421 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 33 knots with an endurance of 1500 nautical miles at economical speed of 13 knots, the Indian Ministry of Defence stated.
ICGS ‘Arush’, roughly translated to ‘first ray of sun’, will be based at Porbandar under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (North West). The ship is commanded by Commandant Pramod Pokhriyal and has a complement of four officers and 33 enrolled personnel.
The FPVs are designed for undertaking close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation. The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS) and Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS).