Mauritius Police Force/National Coast Guard (NCG) commissioned its new patrol vessel CGS Valiant in Port Louis on August 16.
The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Mauritius and other government and security officials.
In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that the acquisition of CGS Valiant was yet another milestone in the upgrading of the operational capability of the NCG and in the country’s enhancement of maritime safety and security.
The Prime Minister further recalled that in the past two years, the government made crucial investments to further upgrade the capabilities of the NCG, including the commissioning of Coast Guard ship Barracuda in March 2015; the induction in March 2016 of ten fast interceptor boats; the commissioning of a new Dornier aircraft; the commissioning in December 2016 of CGS Victory and two Chetak helicopters.
The 50 meter patrol vessel CGS Valiant was built by India’s Goa Shipyard Limited. It displaces about 288 tons in full load condition and is capable of attaining a maximum speed of 35 Knots.
At economical cruising speed, it has an endurance of about 2,000 nautical miles and can provide certain outer island support as well. CGS Valiant is the seventh ship of the No 1 Patrol Vessel Squadron of the NCG of Mauritius.