Coast Guard Ship Vijaya, the second in the series of 98 m offshore patrol
vessels (OPVs) was commissioned at Chennai by Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra,
on September 14 in the presence of Director
General of Indian Coastguards Rajendra Singh, and senior dignitaries of the
central and state government. ‘Vijaya’
meaning ‘Victorious in every endeavor’ is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s
will and commitment ‘To Serve and Protect’ the maritime interest of the nation.
The 98 meter OPV has been designed and built
indigenously by M/s Larsen & Toubro and is fitted with
advanced technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensor and
machinery. The vessel is fitted with a 30 mm gun and will be fitted with 12.7
mm gun with FCS. The ship is also equipped with an Integrated Bridge System
(IBS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Automated Power Management
System (APMS) and High Power External firefighting (EFF) system. The ship is
designed to carry one twin engine helicopter and four high speed boats
including two inflatable boats for boarding operation, Search and Rescue, Law
Enforcement and Maritime Patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying limited
pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
The ship displaces approximately 2200 GRT and is
propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots.
She has an endurance of 5000 NM at economical speed. The sustenance and reach,
coupled with the latest and modern equipment and system, provides her the
capability to perform the role of a command platform and undertake tasks to
fulfill the Coast Guard charter.
The ship, on joining the Coast Guard fleet will
be based at Paradip. She will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic
Zone (EZ) surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard
charter. Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 137 ships and 62
aircraft. Further, 61 ships are
at various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyard. ICGS Vijaya is
commanded by Commandant Harinder Jit Singh and manned by 12 Officers and 91
commissioning of ICGS Vijaya will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational
capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of this
Patrol Vessel will give a fillip to the maritime protection of our vast
coastline of Eastern Seaboard in general and the maritime state of Odisha and
West Bengal in particular.