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The 2nd offshore patrol vessel manufactured by Larsen Toubro shipyard for the coastguards launched

In an impressive ceremony Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Yard-45002 was launched by Ms Jayanthi Natarajan on January at M/s L&T Shipyard, Kattupalli. 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 K Natarajan, Commander Coast Guard (Western Seaboard) was the Chief Guest for the launching ceremony.

 

            The OPV launched is the second in the series of the Seven OPVs under construction by  Larsen and Toubro Shipbuilding Ltd against contract signed between Ministry of Defence and L andT shipyard on March 30r 2015. This OPV has been fully indigenously designed and being built first time by a private yard, M/s Larsen and Toubro Shipbuilding Ltd at Kattupalli.

 

The first OPV which was launched on 27 Oct 17 is likely to be inducted into Indian Coast Guard in Mar 2018 as per schedule. The second OPV launched today is likely to be inducted into Indian Coast Guard in Sep 2018 after completion of extensive Sea trials on fitted equipment and machineries.

 

            The length of the OPVs is 98 mtrs and breadth is 14.8 mtrs with gross tonnage of 2100 tons. The endurance of the vessel is 5000 nautical miles at cruising speed. The cruising speed of the ship is 12-14 knots which can be raised to maximum speed of 26 knots. The ship is fitted with 02 diesel driven engines of 9000 kw each with low fuel consumption, high TBO and complying to IMO tier-II norms. The ship is also capable to carry one Integral Twin Engine Helicopter which will enhance its operational, surveillance, search and rescue capability.

 

            The vessel would be utilised for day and night patrol & surveillance, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations in Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and coastal security. The ship is fitted with one number 30 mm automatic gun with Fire Control System (FCS) and two numbers 12.7 mm gun with FCS. These vessels are equipped with state of art radars, navigational and communication system which are capable of operating in topical conditions. The ship would be manned by 102 crew, including 14 officers.

 

            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 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.


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