ICG Rajratan: The Inshore Patrol Vehicles
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Rajratan, the fifth ship in the series of eight Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) ordered after the 26/11 attack, was in news in the first week of January 2015.
The ship was deployed in 48-hour search operation at and around the site where the Pakistani terror boat sank after its crew set it ablaze on 1 January 2015.
However, the ship could neither gather the debris of the fishing boat nor traced any survivors of bodies of the boats suspected terrorist crew.
The only evidence of the incident that occurred now lies in the footage shot by sailors onboard ICGS Rajratan.
Specifications of ICG Rajratan
• The ship has been indigenously built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata.
• The ship is 50-meter long and can achieve a maximum speed of 34 knots
• It has an endurance of 1500 nautical miles at an economical speed of 16 knots
• It is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipments.
• It provides an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation.
• It is fitted with Integrated Bridge Management System (IMBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS) and an integrated gun mount with indigenous Fire Control system (FCS).
• It is based in Porbandar and is commanded by Commandant (JG) C S Joshi and has a complement of five Officers and 30 other ranks