India’s Goa Shipyard has launched the first Fast Patrol Vessel meant for Mauritian coast guard.
Goan Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launched the first of the 11 FPVs in a ceremony, the company said in a statement Monday.
J Goburdhan, the Mauritian High Commissioner stated that the Mauritian government is confident of getting these ships within contractual delivery time.
RAdm Shekhar Mital, CMD, GSL said that the “Contract of the vessel was signed on 17 May 2014, while the keel of this vessel was laid on 18 Dec 2014. Launching of first of the series vessel, within 14 months of keel laying is a record in itself. He assured that the vessel will be delivered ahead of the contractual schedule of Sept 2016.”
This vessel is primarily designed for Coastal Patrolling, Anti-piracy, Anti-smuggling, Anti-drug Surveillance, Anti-poaching Operations, and Search and Rescue Operations.
The vessel is fitted with 30 mm CRN-91 Gun, 12.7 mm HMGs & 7.62 mm MMGs besides state-of-the-art Navigation and Communication equipment and is capable of achieving a high speed of 35 knots.