Goa-based defence shipyard, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), on 5 May 2016 launched Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Shaurya at Vasco. The is the fifth ship of a series of six off-shore patrol vessels (OPVs) that the Indian Coast Guard had tasked the Vasco defence public sector undertaking to build.
This 105-metre new generation OPV that was launched by the Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha will be delivered to the Coast Guard after sea trials are completed. The ICGS Shaurya will be commissioned into service in early 2017.
About Indian Coast Guard ship Shaurya
• The vessel is capable of cruising at a speed of 23 knots and has a range of 6000 nautical miles.
• It will be fitted with state-of-the-art machinery like the integrated machinery control system and integrated bridge system.
• This new generation OPV is powered by twin diesel engines.
• The vessel carries four boats for boarding party operations.
• One 30 mm gun and two 12.7 mm guns associated with fire control system form the main weaponry package.
• The indigenously designed ship is capable of search and rescue operations, pollution control and external firefighting.
• It will be deployed for ocean surveillance and for monitoring sea lanes of communication.
GSL chairman and managing director Shekhar Mital said that all the six ships would be delivered to the Coast Guard by 2017.
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