Coast Guard ship count hits 150
Defence Minister commissions ICGS Sachet and two interceptor boats
- The ships, on joining the fleet, will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, coastal security and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter of duties, to safeguard the maritime interests of the nation.
- Ship ICGS Sachet is the first in a series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) being built by the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
- The IBs, C-450 and C-451, are designed & built by the Larsen & Toubro Shipyard, Hazira.
- The 30-metre long boats are capable of achieving speeds in excess of 45 knots and designed for high-speed interception, close patrol and low intensity operations.
- The 105-metre long ICGS Sachet displaces approximately 2,350 tons and is propelled by two 9,100 KW diesel engines designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots, with an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles.
- It is designed to carry a twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats and one inflatable boat for swift boarding and search and rescue operations.
- The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution response at sea.
- Further, 40 ships were in various stages of construction at different Indian shipyards and 16 Advanced Light Helicopters under production at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
- They would provide the added strength to the surveillance capabilities of the Coast Guard to deal with the ever-dynamic maritime challenges.
- Separately, the Navy formally inducted landing craft utility (LCU) L57 into service at Port Blair.
- This is the seventh LCU in the series of the MK-IV class.