Port Wings News Network:
Indian Coast Guard Ship Priyadarshini was commissioned on 26 April 2019 at Kakinada by Additional Director General KR Nautiyal, PTM, TM Coast Guard Commander Eastern Seaboard in the presence of Inspector General S Paramesh, PTM,TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and other distinguished guests from various Central and State agencies.
The state of art platform will further strengthen the coastal security mechanism on the Eastern seaboard in general and off the Coast of Andhra Pradesh in particular and SAR efforts undertaken by CG station Kakinada. The ship is based at Kakinada from where she will be deployed for undertaking operational commitments as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter and will be under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (East).
ICGS Priyadarshini is the first ship amongst the five in the series being built indigenously by M/S GRSE. The ship is capable of achieving maximum speed of 34 knots with an overall length of 50 mtrs and a displacement of 308 tons. The vessel is propelled with “Three diesel engines coupled with water jets,” which gives her the capability to do shallow water operations.
At the economical speed the ship has an endurance of 1500 NM. The Ship is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as Fisheries Protection and Monitoring, Anti-smuggling, surveillance, interdiction, Search & Rescue, Medical evacuation and coordinated sea-air search.
The fire power of the ship is provided by her main armament 40/60 Bofors Gun and 02 SRCG Guns. The class of ship has a state-of–the art Communication and Navigational equipment which gives her sustenance and reach to perform her role. The ship is commanded by Commandant (JG) Mahavir Singh and has a compliment of 06 Officers and 28 Enrolled personnel.