Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday commission a Coast Guard’s 105 meter vessel ICGS Sarathi, which will be deployed for ocean surveillance and monitoring sea lanes of communication. Union Defence Minister and former Goa CM, Manonhar Parrikar, also attended the ceremony.
The ship, media reports said, is capable of cruising at a speed of 23 knots and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles. The vessel was commissioned with the presence of Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh. It is the third vessel of the Sarathi Class vessels being designed and built indigenously by Vasco-based Goa Shipyard Limited.
Reached Goa to attend the commissioning ceremony of ICGS ‘Sarathi’. It is an indigenously built ship to be inducted in Coast Guard fleet.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 8, 2016
Earlier, a coast guard official said:”It is fitted with most advanced, state-of-the-art technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. The features include an integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high power external fire fighting system.”
According to media reports, the ship is designed to carry one twin-engine light helicopter and five high speed boats and has pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
“The ship draws 2,450 tons propelled by two 9100KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 23 knots and has an endurance of 6000nm at economical speed,” the official added.