At an impressive ceremony, Coast Guard Offshore
Patrol Vessel (OPV) Vikram, the first of a series of seven OPVs was launched by
Ms Jyoti Murthy, wife of a top official of the Indian Coastguard at Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) Shipyard at
Kattupalli near Chennai on October 27.
Launching of any sea going vessel is an
auspicious moment, as the ship touches water for the first time, where she has
to spend the rest of her life.
Additional Director General, Indian Coast Guard VSR Murthy was the Chief
Guest for the launching ceremony.
The OPV launched is the first of series of the 07
OPVs under construction by Larsen and
Toubro Shipbuilding Ltd at a cost of Rs 1432 crores. This OPV has been indigenously designed and
is likely to be inducted into Indian Coast Guard in Apr 2018 after completion
of extensive trials on fitted equipment and machineries. The subsequent OPVs will be delivered after a
an interval of six months period between each OPV.
OPVs are long range surface ships capable of
coastal and offshore patrolling, policing maritime zones useful in anti smuggling and anti piracy operations
with limited wartime roles.
has a length of 98 mtrs with gross tonnage of 2100 tons and its endurance is
5000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12-14 knots. The maximum speed is 26 knots. The ship is
fitted with one 30 mm automatic gun with Fire Control System (FCS) and two 12.7
mm gun with FCS. The ship will have
Integral Twin Engine Helicopter which will enhance its Operational,
Surveillance, Search and Rescue capability. It can operate in shallow waters as
the draft requirement is hardly 3.6 meters.
The vessel is equipped with state of art radars,
navigational and communication system which are capable of operating in
tropical conditions. The OPV would be
deployed for day and night surveillance patrol, SAR and pollution response
operations in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the country. About sixty per
cent components of the ship were sourced from domestic suppliers.
The Chief Guest brought out that the Indian Coast
Guard is on the path of rapid expansion which requires large number of state of
art ships and aircraft to strengthen the maritime security mechanism in the
emerging security scenario. Assets requirement
are being met by adding new ships and replenishment of ageing existing OPV
class of ships in phased manner which have been inducted 30-35 yrs ago.