With just over a fortnight following the interception of the suspect pakistani fishing boat, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is all set to augment its muscle-power with the planned induction of four ships in one single commissioning ceremony to be held in Goa’s Mormugao Port Trust on Monday, a rarity of sorts. Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will be commissioning them all on Monday afternoon. It will be his first commissioning of a Coast Guard vessel.
Among the ships to be commissioned are two Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) and two Interceptor Boats (IB), both smaller swifter assets meant to ensure a quick response to developments taking place at sea. Both will sport indigenous design and development.
The larger of the lot are Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Amogh and Ameya, both FPVs built by the Kerala-based Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). While the former will be deployed at Paradip in Odisha, the latter will see Tamil Nadu’s Karaikal as its home port. In addition are two IBs C-413 and C-414, both built by Larsen & Toubro in Surat of which the former will be based in Gujarat’s Okha and the latter at Mandapam.
Said a senior Coast Guard officer, “We are seeing a spurt in these smaller vessels coming up for commissioning and thus it makes sense to club them all instead of piecemeal ceremonies which end up costing a lot and entail a lot of VIP committments.” Speaking about the vessels, he said, “They are our workhorses at sea. Larger ships may give us more endurance but they lack speed and flexibility which comes from these vessels. As such assets like FPVs can be deployed in a long haul operation, whereas IBs are best suited for close coast patrolling and medium range operations.”
Close to 70 ships of different sizes and aircraft (including helicopters and fixed wing) are in the offing for the ICG and are at varied stages of completion.
|Displacement||290 tons||106 tons|
|Maximum Speed||33 nautical miles/hour||45 nautical miles/hour|
|Crew||5 Officers and 35 personnel||1 officer and 11 personnel|