Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya’ commissioned in Goa

On August 12, 2017, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan commissioned Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya’ in Goa.

Features of Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Shaurya’:

  • ICGS ‘Shaurya’ is the fifth in the series of six 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
  • It has been designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.
  • ICGS ‘Shaurya’ draws 2,350 tonne and is propelled by 9100 kilowatt diesel engine.
  • Key features of ICGS ‘Shaurya’ include 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high-power external fire fighting system.
  • It has been designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high-speed boats, including two quick reaction inflatable boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.
  • It is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
  • ICGS ‘Shaurya’ will be based at Chennai and will be placed under the operational and administrative control of Commander Coast Guard Region (East).
  • It will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance, apart from safeguarding India’s maritime interests.
  • It is to be noted that currently, the Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 129 ships and boats, and 72 ships and boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards in India.

Quick Facts about Indian Coast Guard:

  • Indian Coast Guard(ICG) protects India’s maritime interests and enforces maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone.
  • It was formally established in year 1978 and operates under Union Defence Ministry.
  • Headquarters of ICG is located in New Delhi.
  • Mr. Rajendra Singh is the current Director General of Indian Coast Guard.