Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Vijaya, the second in the series of 98m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), was commissioned by Shri Sanjay Mitra, IAS, Defence Secretary, on 14 September in Chennai.
The vessel, designed and built indigenously by M/s Larsen & Toubro and fitted with advanced technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery, was commissioned in the presence ofDirector General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Director General, Indian Coast Guard and senior dignitaries of the central and state government.
The Indian Coast Guard entered into an agreement with L&T shipyard, Chennai in the year 2015 to manufacture seven Coast Guard Ships. L&T has already built three vessels named VIKRAM, VIJAYA and VEERA installed recently.
In his address, the Defence Secretary said the Defence is extending its full support to Indian Coast Guard. Under make in India Policy of the Government, L & T has been awarded to build ships for coast Guard with international standards and latest designs. He lauded the service rendered by Coast Guard during the recent flood in Kerala. He praised the L&T for delivering ships before schedule.
L&T Shipyard CMD Kannan in his speech said the Company entered into a contract with the Indian Coast Guard to build seven ships out of which three has already completed work well before schedule. First ship VIKRAM completed 19 days before schedule and second ship ICGS-VIJAYA completed before 32 days of schedule designed in L&T shipyard. He thanked the support of all at every stage to build the ships with the latest technology and wished the ship to accomplish all its glory in her period of service to Nation.
The Director-General Rajendra Singh welcomed all. He praised L&T for their on-time delivery of vessels and said L&T is the most important partner for building ships to Coast Guard. The Commandant Harinder Jit Singh said he was proud to become the Commandant of the vessel and the commitment to commissioning the ship by 14th Sept-2018 is fulfilled.
‘Vijaya,’ meaning ‘Victorious in every endeavor,’ is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment ‘To Serve and Protect’ the maritime interest of the nation.
The vessel is fitted with a 30 mm gun and will be fitted with 12.7 mm gun with FCS. The ship is also equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Automated Power Management System (APMS) and High Power External firefighting (EFF) system.
The ship is designed to carry one twin engine helicopter and four high speed boats including two inflatable boats for boarding operation, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
The ship displaces approximately 2200 GRT and is propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots. She has an endurance of 5000 NM at economical speed. The sustenance and reach, coupled with the latest and modern equipment and system, provides her the capability to perform the role of a command platform and undertake tasks to fulfill the Coast Guard charter.
The ship, on joining the Coast Guard fleet, will be based at Paradip. She will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone (EZ) surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter. Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 137 ships and 62 aircraft. Further, 61 ships are at various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyard. ICGS Vijaya is commanded by Commandant Harinder Jit Singh and manned by 12 Officers and 91 men.
The commissioning of ICGS Vijaya will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of this Patrol Vessel will give a fillip to the maritime protection of our vast coastline of Eastern Seaboard in general and the maritime state of Odisha and West Bengal in particular.