India commissions ICGS Sarathi OPV
The Indian Coast Guard's newest vessel ICGS Sarathi has been commissioned into service at the Goa Shipyard (GSL), the Indian Ministry of Defence announced on 9 September.
Sarathi is the third ship in the series of six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) to be built by GSL.
The 105-metre OPV features a high power external firefighting system, power management system, integrated machinery control system, integrated bridge system and 30mm CRN 91 naval gun.
The ship is designed to carry five high speed boats, including two quick reaction inflatable boats, and one twin-engine light helicopter for boarding, maritime patrol, law enforcement and search and rescue operations. The ship can also carry pollution response equipment to contain oil spills at sea.
The OPV is powered by two 9,100KW diesel engines, has a maximum speed of 26 knots and an endurance of 6,500 nautical miles.
ICGS Sarathi will be based at Kochi and will be part of the Naval Training Squadron. The vessel will be deployed for EEZ surveillance and other duties to safeguard the maritime interests of India. The ship will be under the administrative and operational control of Coast Guard Region (West).
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