India has commissioned an indigenously built 105 metre vessel, ICGS Saarthi, into coast guard at Goa Shipyard Limited.
Vasco-based Goa Shipyard Limited has designed and built the vessel which is the third in the Sarathi Class. The first ship was delivered on November 26.
The vessel is fitted with most advanced technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. The features include an integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high power external fire fighting system, the Indian Ministry of Defense announced Friday.
The ship is capable of carrying one twin-engine light helicopter and five high speed boats. It also boats pollution response equipment that contains oil spill at sea.
The indigenous vessel is capable of participating in external firefighting missions and will be deployed for ocean surveillance and for monitoring sea lanes of communication.
“The ship draws 2,450 tons propelled by two 9100KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 23 knots and has an endurance of 6000nm at economical speed,” the official said.
Union Home minister Rajnath Singh along with defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday commissioned the vessel in the presence of Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh.
The ship on joining Coast Guard Fleet will be based at Kochi, a coastal city in South India and will form part of the Naval Training Squadron. In addition, the ship will be deployed for the EEZ surveillance and other duties to safeguard the maritime interests of India.