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Patrol Vessel ICGS Varad has been commissioned today

Patrol Vessel ICGS Varad has been commissioned today
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The Indian Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Vessel ICGS Varad has been commissioned today. It was inducted into service by Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya at a function held in the Chennai Port, in presence of Director General of the Coast Guard, K. Natarajan. The ship Varad will be based at Paradip in Odisha, under the operational control of the Coast Guard North Eastern Region.

The 98 meter long vessel has been designed and built by the L&T at its yard at Kattupalli near Chennai, as per the specifications of the Coast Guard. The ship is fitted with modern navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. It is equipped with 30 mm and 12.7 mm guns. It has special onboard features like the Integrated Bridge System, Platform Management System, Automated Power Management System and High Power External Fire-Fighting system.

The ship Varad can carry a twin engine helicopter and four high speed boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment for oil spill response at sea.

ICGS Varad is propelled by two 9100 kilowatt diesel engines and attains a speed up to 26 knots. It can operate without refueling for 5000 nautical miles at a stretch. The ship will be deployed extensively for the surveillance of India’s Exclusive Economic Zone and to safeguard the maritime interests of the country.

With ICGS Varad joining the fleet, the Indian Coast Guard will have 147 ships and boats and 62 aircraft. A release by the defence force says, 58 more ships are at various stages of construction at different Indian  shipyards and 16 Advanced Light Helicopters are under production by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bengaluru. ICGS Varad is commanded by Commandant Pintu Bag and has a compliment of 11 officers and 91 men.

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