ICGS Varaha: commissioned at Chennai Port Trust

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ‘Varaha’ at Chennai Port Trust. The ship would be based at New Mangalore and will operate from New Mangalore port covering up to Kanyakumari. It will be under administrative and operational control of Commander Coast Guard region (west). It will also have on board 14 officers and 89 men.

The ship will add to the strength of ICG in responding to threats of maritime terrorism, smuggling and challenges of maritime enforcement.

About ICGS Varaha

It is the fourth in series of seven 98-m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) of Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

It has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at its Katupalli ship building yard in North Chennai.

Features

It is fit with latest navigation and communication equipment.

It is designed to carry one twin engine helicopter and 4 high speed boats.

It also has some most advanced sensors and machinery as well as a 33-millimetre (mm) gun. It will also be fitted with 12.7 mm gun with fire control system.

Special features of ship includes-

  • Integrated Bridge System
  • Automated Power Management System
  • Indigenously built Integrated Platform Management System
  • Halo Traversing System

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