The First of the series of five Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) ships being built for the Indian Coast Guard by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), was launched at the Raja Bagan Dockyard Unit of GRSE, Kolkata, today.
Following maritime traditions, the ship was launched by Kadambari Saxena, wife of rear admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd), chairman and managing director (GRSE). Rear admiral AK Verma (Retd), former chairman and managing director, GRSE, chief guest of the event, expressed his pride that most of the ships delivered to Indian Navy in the past year were built by GRSE. Verma congratulated GRSE for getting the coveted contract of five FPVs for the Coast Guard and he urged the engineers and workers to deliver the vessels on time.
The entire design of these FPVs has been developed by GRSE as per requirements specified by Indian Coast Guard. The ship is 50M long, 7.5M wide with a displacement of around 308 Tons. The ship is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles. It is equipped with three Main Engines with advanced control systems, Water jet units and an ‘Integrated Bridge System’ integrating all communication and navigation systems. These ships are also fitted with 40/60 Gun as main armament and will also have improved habitability features with fully air conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel.
By: Echo Of India
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