Two Indian Coast Guard ships Apoorva & C-421 commissioned
Indian Coast Guard has commissioned two new ships named Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Apoorva and Interceptor Boat C-421.
The ships were commissioned by Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Western Naval Command (Mumbai) off the naval dockyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Apoorva: It is the 14th fast patrol vessel in a series of 20. It is 50-metre long and can achieve a top speed of 33 knots and displaces 317 tonnes.
- The ship Apoorva synonyms with Unparalleled in English will be based at Goa.
- It is equipped with state-of-the-art advanced communication, navigational and weapons.
- It will platform and undertake various naval operations such as close-coast surveillance, search and rescue, interdiction, medical evacuation and other missions.
- The ship has been indigenously designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd at Surat, Gujarat.
- Interceptor Boat C-421: It is 27th in the series of interceptor boats of Indian Coast Guard. It had been designed and constructed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Limited.
- It is water jet propelled vessel and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 Knots. It is designed for close coast and shallow water operations and equipped with medium range armaments.
- It will be based at Androth (Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands) under the operational and administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 12.
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