COMMISSIONING OF OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL (OPV) ICGS SHAURYA

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Indian Coast Guard Ship “Shaurya”, the fifth in the series of six 105m  Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) was commissioned at Goa by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas on12 Aug 2017 in the presence of Director General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Director General Indian Coast Guard, CMD Goa Shipyard Limited and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Government.

 ‘Shaurya’ meaning ‘Courage’ is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment “To serve and protect” the maritime interest of the nation. The ship is based at Chennai, Tamil Nadu under the operational and administrative control of Commander Coast Guard Region (East).

 This 105 meters OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. The features include 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System. The ship is designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two Quick Reaction Inflatable Boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.

 The ship draws 2350 tons(GRT) propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 23 Knots and has an endurance of 6000 NM at economical speed. The sustenance and reach coupled with the latest and modern equipment and systems, provides her the capability to perform the role of a command platform and accomplish all Coast Guard charter of duties.

 The ship is based at Chennai and will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in Coast Guard Charter, to safeguard the maritime interests of India. Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a Fleet of 129 Ships & boats and 72 Ships & boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards in India.

 ICGS Shaurya is commanded by Deputy Inspector General DS Chauhan and manned by 12 Officers & 94 men.

 The commissioning of ICGS ‘Shaurya’ will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of a sophisticated and state-of-the-art Offshore Patrol Vessel will give a fillip to the maritime protection of our vast coastline of Eastern Seaboard in general and the Maritime State of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in particular.