Indian Coast Guard Commissions Sixth 105m Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Sujay’

Dec 23, 2017 11:39 IST
Indian Coast Guard Commissions Sixth 105m Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Sujay’

The Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sujay’, the sixth in the series of six 105m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) was commissioned into service in Goa on 21 December 2017.

The commissioning was done by the Director General of Indian Coast Guard, Rajendra Singh in the presence of senior officers from Coast Guard, CMD Goa Shipyard Limited and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Government.

The ship is based at Paradip, Odisha under the operational and administrative control of Commander Coast Guard Region (North-East).

Key Features

• The 105 meter OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.

• Its main features include 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.

• The ship is designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two Quick Reaction Inflatable Boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.

• The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to tackle oil spill at sea.

• The ship draws 2350 tons(GRT) propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 23 Knots and has an endurance of 6000 NM at economical speed.

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Significance

• The ship’s name ‘Sujay’ means ‘Great Victory’, which is a projection of the Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment “to serve and protect” the maritime interest of the nation.

• The commissioning of the ship will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge the diverse maritime tasks.

• It will also help boost up the maritime protection of our vast coastline of Eastern Seaboard in general and the maritime state of Odisha and West Bengal in particular.

• Commanded by Deputy Inspector General Yoginder Dhaka, the ship will be manned by 12 Officers and 94 men.

Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 134 ships and boats and another 66 ships and boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards across India.

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