Pune 14 Aug 2017 (PCP NEWS PANJIM) : Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya’ was commissioned today in Goa by Dharmendra Pradhan, in the presence of Director General Rajendra Singh and other senior officials of the Central and state governments. This is the fifth in series of six, 105 meter Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), it is has been designed and built Ingenuously by Goa Shipyard Ltd.
‘Shaurya’ means courage, which is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment, “To serve and protect” the maritime interest of the nation. The ship is based at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, under the operational and administrative control of Commander Coast Guard Region (East), and will be commanded by Deputy Inspector General D S Chauhan, and will be manned by 12 officers and 94 men.
“Shaurya” is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. The features include 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System. it is designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high speed boats including two Quick Reaction Inflatable Boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable for carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
“Shaurya” draws 2350 tons (GRT) and propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines, to attain a maximum speed of 23 knots and has an endurance of 6000 Notical Miles at economical speed. The sustenance and reach coupled with the latest and modern equipment and systems, provides her the capability to perform the role of a command platform and accomplish all Coast Guard charter of duties.
“Shaurya” will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in Coast Guard Charter, to safeguard the maritime interests of India. Presently Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 129 Ships and boats and 72 Ships and boats are at various stages of construction at different shipyards in India. PCP/DJain 15 30