Friday, June 17, 2011

Coast Guard Interceptor Boat ICGS C-152 To Be Commissioned On Jun18, 2011

Dr Vijayalakshmy K Gupta, Secretary (Defence Finance) will commission the Indian Coast Guard Ship C-152 at Okha on the Gujarat coast tomorrow. DIG BS Yadav, the Commander Coast Guard region (North-West), will be present at the ceremony.

The 30 metre Boat, built by M/s ABG Shipyard, Surat, displaces 90 tons and has an endurance of 500 NM at an economical speed of 25 knots. It can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots for responding to urgent calls at sea. The ship, specially designed for close coast and shallow water operations, will immensely help to augment the surveillance capability of the Coast Guard on the Gujarat coast. The boat commanded by Comdt R Vijay, has a 12 member crew.

Post 26/11, the Indian Coast Guard is on the pursuit of augmenting its surveillance capabilities, so as to meet its enhanced tasks and responsibilities effectively. The present force level and manpower are planned to be doubled by graduated procurement, with proportionate infrastructure development and augmentation of trained manpower. Nine more Coast Guard stations are planned to be established by 2012, wherein each station will have two boats to undertake search and rescue, close coast patrol and respond to fast developing situations at sea. More assets will be based in these stations depending upon infrastructure and availability of operational logistic support facilities.


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