Indian Coast Guard ship Abhinav, the third in a series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels being built by the Cochin Shipyard, was commissioned on Wednesday.
Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General, Indian Coast Guard was the chief guest on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Thapliyal said commissioning three ships in a span of 33 days is a testimony to the professionalism, resolve and capabilities of the Cochin Shipyard. He emphasised on the importance that the Union Government gives to coastal security in view of the asymmetric threats from the seas.
Dwelling on the responsibilities of the Coast Guard and its fast-paced expansion, the Admiral said that 46 coastal radar stations along the coast are nearing completion and 38 more stations are in the pipeline in the second phase. He said that in the next five years the Indian Coast Guard will have 150 ships/boats and 100 aircraft. He expressed appreciation for the support extended by the state government for the initiatives and outreach programmes of the Indian Coast Guard.
The ship was commissioned within three days after delivery by the Cochin Shipyard. As many as 17 more ships are on the anvil, of which three would be delivered before the end of the present financial year.
ICGS Abhinav, commanded by Commandant (JG) Raman Kumar has a crew of 39 and will be based in Kochi. The water-jet propelled vessel has a length of 50 metres and displaces 290 tonnes with a top speed of 33 knots. Fast Patrol Vessels, the work horses of the Indian Coast Guard, undertake surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation activities.
Ravikumar Roddam, officiating Chairman and MD of Cochin Shipyard, Inspector General S P S Basra, Commander, Coast Guard (West), senior officers from the Navy, the Coast Guard and Cochin Shipyard were present for the commissioning ceremony.