VAJRA: Indian Coast Guard’s sixth offshore patrol vessel launched


VAJRA, the sixth coast guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV-6) was launched in Chennai on February 27, 2020 to boost coastal safety. The Minister of State for Shipping(I/C), Mansukh Mandaviya was the Chief Guest of the launch ceremony.

The sixth Offshore Patrol Vessel- ‘Yard 45006 VAJRA’ was launched within the sea for the primary time. While addressing the event, Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated M/s L&T Shipbuilding for the well timed supply of the vessel and said that will probably be used for day and night time patrolling.

The vessel is sixth within the sequence of seven offshore patrol vessel tasks being designed and developed by Larsen and Toubro Shipbuilding underneath the union authorities’s ‘Make in India’ coverage.

 The vessel is anticipated to strengthen the Indian Coast Guard’s efforts to safe the huge Indian shoreline measuring about 7500 km and the unique financial zone (EEZ) measuring over 20 lakh sq km. VAJRA can even strengthen the coast guard’s efforts to make sure protected passage to virtually one lakh service provider ships transiting by means of the Indian waters yearly for international commerce.

VAJRA: Key Highlights

• VAJRA is a state-of-the-art-platform, which is able to improve the operational capabilities of the Indian Coast Guard in surveillance and search and rescue. It can be manned by 121 personnel.

• The ship can be used primarily for day and night time patrolling and surveillance together with anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling operations within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It can even be deployed to take care of coastal safety.

• The offshore patrol vessel is fitted with the newest equipment, gear and navigation programs. It may have two Navigation Radars with ultra-modern expertise and advance navigational and communication programs.

• It can even be fitted with CRN-91 and 12.7 mm weapons and have an integral twin-engine helicopter, which is able to improve its operational, surveillance, search and rescue functionality.

• Overall, the vessel is 98m in size and 15m in width with a gross weight of two,100 tonnes. It is provided with two diesel-driven engines and may hit a most pace of 26 knots.

• It can be inducted into the Coast Guard after completion of in depth trials and testing for the gear and equipment.

Background

Within 43 years, the Indian Coast Guard has elevated its fleet power and it’s now one of many largest coast guards on the earth. It can meet every kind of maritime safety challenges.

India has a wealthy maritime historical past and the Union Government is planning to develop a National Maritime Heritage Complex at Lothal, Gujarat to safe and showcase the wealthy maritime heritage of India.

Ever for the reason that Indus Valley Civilisation, India is understood to be a number one participant in creating Maritime Technology besides throughout a number of centuries. India is now once more regaining its maritime capabilities by way of shipbuilding and securing the waters of India.



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