Port Wings News Network:
Yard 45004 (ICGS Varaha), the 4th in the series of 98 M Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) of Indian Coast Guard was launched at M/s L&T Kattupalli, Chennai by Mrs Chitra Chafekar, President Tatrakshika (Western Region) on 02 Nov 18 in the presence of the Chief Guest IG V D Chafekar, Commander, Coast Guard Region (West), Mumbai and senior dignitaries of the ICG, State Government and L&T.
This 98 M OPV has been designed and built indigenously by M/s Larsen & Tourbo as part of the ICG shipbuilding contract for construction of 07 OPVs awarded to M/s L&T on 30 Mar 2015 by Ministry of Defence.
The 1st and 2nd ships of this project have already been delivered to ICG and are presently based in Western Coast and Eastern Coast of India and the 3rd OPV will be delivered in early 2019. The shipyard will deliver all the seven ships by Mar 2021.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. SN Subrahmanyan, MD& CEO of Larsen & Toubro said: “Timely deployment of defence vessels has assumed greater significance for the nation in the current geopolitical situation. It is heartening to see the OPVs being constructed ahead of schedule for early deployment into service. L&T has consistently outperformed in all defence shipbuilding contracts hitherto and is poised to play a bigger role in equipping the Indian Navy and Coast Guard with cutting edge warships and submarines.”
Mr. Jayant D Patil, Whole-time Director (Defence) and Member of L&T Board, said: “Ahead of schedule launch of fourth OPV is yet another testimony to L&T’s commitment to national security. With unparalleled execution track record, robust financial strength and the widest range of defence solutions on offer, L&T is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in realizing ‘Make in India’ in defence.”
Vice Admiral B Kannan (Retd.), MD & CEO L&T Shipbuilding, said: “L&T is consistently delivering OPV class of vessels within a few months from launch as they are launched with a very high level of outfitting. Further with each follow-on vessel, the percentage of completion of pre-outfitting has increased, reducing the overall cycle time. L&T is fully geared to meet accelerated delivery of defence ships in line with the requirements of the fleet expansion plans of the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard.”
L&T also provides repairs and refit services to the Indian Navy and Coast Guard at Kattupalli shipyard and has till date completed repair/refit (Short Refit/Normal Refit/Medium Refit as well as Emergency Repairs) of 11 Indian Naval and Coast Guard ships, meeting user requirements.
This ship will be fitted with advanced technology navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery. The weapon fit will include one 30 mm and two 12.7 mm guns with Fire Control System. The ship will also be equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Automated Power Management System (APMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting (EFF) system.
Yard 45004 (ICGS Varaha) will 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. It will also be capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea. The ship has been designed to attain a maximum speed to 26 knots and has an endurance of 5000 Nautical Miles.
ICG is on the path of rapid expansion, which requires large number of state-of-the-art ships and aircraft to strengthen the maritime security mechanism in emerging security scenario. The assets requirement is being met by adding new ships and replenishment of ageing fleet in phased manner. Induction of these Vessels would provide a needful impetus to the deterrence role of ICG in security/safety of maritime interests of our country. Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 139 ships and 62 aircraft. Further, 56 ships are at various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyards.