Indian Coast Guard: Vishwast Joins and Vivek Bids
It will conduct exercises with the Coast Guard and Navies of littoral nations
The Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Vishwast, which arrived here on Wednesday, will depart on Friday for Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand for overseas deployment.
Coast Guard ship to leave for Myanmar
Commanded by Deputy Inspector General N. Ravi, the ship, built by Goa Shipyard Ltd., is an OPV class ship, equipped with modern equipment to carry out Coast Guard specific tasks. During its overseas deployment the ship will conduct exercises with the Coast Guard and Navies of these littoral nations.
Such exercises are helpful to understand and validate the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in case of eventuality arising in situations, where the Coast Guard units of two nations have to operate jointly. The ship will return to Port Blair on September 24 on completion of the overseas deployment, according to a statement issued by the Coast Guard District Headquarters – 6 here on Thursday.
Here are some interesting features of ICGS Vishwast:
- ‘Vishwast’ means ‘Trustworthy’ Indian_Coast_Guard_Ship_Vishwast_Commissioning_1
- the first of the new class of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV – Yard No 1203) indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd.
- the only vessel of this class in the world with facilities for Pollution Control, Fire Fighting, Search & Rescue and Patrolling provided in a 90 metre vessel.
- was formally commissioned by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri AK Antony at the Goa Shipyard Ltd. on March 17.
- 90 metres long, propelled by two MTU engines, can cruise at a maximum speed of 26 knots.
- has an endurance of 4500 nautical miles.
- has an Integrated Bridge System (IBS) equipped with state-of-the art navigation and communication equipment.
- also has Platform Management System.
- capable of operating a helicopter.
- weapon – 30 mm gun.