Coast Guard gets its 82nd ship even as force fails to grow long legs at sea & piles up close coast assets


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Indian Coast Guard Ship C-402, the second of the series of thirty-six Interceptor Boats was commissioned at Mumbai by Director General Police, Maharashtra, Shri Sanjeev Dayal, IPS. The 30 metres long Interceptor Boat with 90 tonnes displacement can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and medium range armament. It is designed for high speed interception, close-coast patrol, speed interception, close-coast patrol, low-intensity maritime operations, Search & Rescue and maritime surveillance. With the commissioning of C-402, the force level of ICG has gone up to 82 ships & boats and with the planned inductions the force level would be doubling by 2018. The Interceptor Boat C-402 will be based at Ratnagiri under the Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard District Headquarters No 2. The IB is commanded by Deputy Commandant G Mani Kumar and has a crew of 01 Officer and 11 Enrolled Personnel. The ceremony was witnessed by Inspector General SPS Basra Commander Coast Guard Region (West) and other distinguished guests from various Central and State agencies.

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