Keel of the third Coast
Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel of the new 5 CGOPVs Project for the Indian Coast
Guard was ceremoniously laid at Goa Shipyard Ltd on 1st August 2018
by RAdm Philipose George Pynumootil, NM Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area and
Naval Aviation in the presence of RAdm Shekhar Mital,
CMD, GSL, DIG Himanshu Nautiyal (COMDIS), DIG
Atul Parlikar and Senior officials of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and from GSL
were also present on the occasion says a GSL release.
The 05 CG OPV
project is follow-on of 06 CG OPV Project, completed in 2017. With focused
efforts towards ‘Make In India’, the indigenous content has been increased from
60%, for 06 CG OPV Project, to 70% for the ongoing 05 CG OPV Project. It is
noteworthy that the contract for 5 CGOPVs was signed
by GSL with MoD on 26th Aug 2016 and commencement of
production of first vessel was formally started within 3 months with formal
steel cutting on 13th November 2016, at the hands of Hon’ble Prime
Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. These Vessels are scheduled to be
delivered between Jan 2020 to Jun 2021.
These vessels for
the Indian Coast Guard are based on in-house design of GSL and will be fitted
with most modern and technologically advanced machinery and computerized
controls systems, making them the most advanced Patrol Vessels in service with
the Indian Coast Guard on delivery. These 2400 tonnes vessels will be equipped
with additional features like Quick Response Boats for rescue and anti piracy,
Gunnery simulators and many more advanced features.
The Shipyard also
aims to bring down the reduced build period for OPVs for ongoing 05 CG OPV
Project to 30 months against 36 months taken for 06 CG OPV Project.