The Indian Coastguard plans to strengthen its presence on the Eastern Sea
Board by going in for more patrol vessels and interceptors Mr Rajan Bargotra
Inspector General Coastguard region East said.
He was talking to reporters at the commissioning ceremony of two interceptor boats at the Chennai port on
July 6.The strengthening of its fleet in the east coast is possibly due to
increase in Chinese naval activity in
the Indian Ocean Region during the last two months.
Mr Bargotra said the Coastguard has plans to increase the number of ship
and patrol boats. The total number of ships with Indian coastguards have now
gone up to 129 during the current year as against 61 eight years ago. Their
number is expected to go up to 150 by the end of next year and 200 by 2020. The
deployment in both the coasts will be decided later.
The two interceptors which were commissioned on July 6 will be based from
Chennai and Karaikal ports.
The interceptor boats manufactured by L and T unit t Katupalli port near
Chennai.. The boats will be manned by 12 personnel including the Commander and
have a maximum speed of 45 knots. They can be out at sea for 20 hours.
The boats have an overall length of 27.42 meters, displacement of 104 tons.
They are equipped with twin diesel engines with twin water jet propulsion. The
boats have state of the art communication system and navigation equipment. Most
important it has a 12.77HMG gun on board.