COMMISSIONING OF OFF SHORE PATROLL VESSEL (OPV)  ICGS VEERA – 15 APR 2019

COMMISSIONING OF OFF SHORE PATROLL VESSEL (OPV)  ICGS VEERA – 15 APR 2019

COMMISSIONING OF OFF SHORE PATROLL VESSEL (OPV)  ICGS VEERA – 15 APR 2019

Chennai 15 Apr 19

Indian Coast Guard Ship Veera, the third in the series of 98 metre offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV’s) was commi ss ioned at Visakhapatnam by General Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM ADC, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on 15 Apr 2019 in the presence of Director General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM Director General Indian Coast Guard and senior dignitaries of the central and state government. “Veera” meaning “Audacious Brave Cou rageous” is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment ‘To Serve and Protect’ the maritime int erest of the nation. 

This 98 metres OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (Shipbuilding arm) and is fitted with advan ced technology navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery. The vessel is fitted with a 30mm Naval gun and will be fitted with 12.7mm Gun with FCS. The ship is also equipped wit h an integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Platform Mana gement System (IPMS), Automated Power Manag ement System (APMS) and High Power External firefighting (EFF) system. The ship is designed to carry one twin engine he lico pter and four high speed boats including two inflatable boats for boarding operation, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.

The ship displaces approx. 2200 tons (GRT) and is propelled by two 9100 kw diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots. The ship has an endurance of 5000 Nm at economical speed. The sustenance and reach, cou pled with the latest and modern equi pment and system, provides her the capability to perform the role of a com mand platform and undertake tasks to fulfill the Coast Gu ard charter.The ship, on joining the Coast Guard fleet will be based at Vizag. She will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter.

ICGS Veera is commanded by Commandant Girish Datt Raturi and manned by 12 Officers and 94 men.

The commissioning of ICGS Veera will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of this patrol vessel will give a fillip to the maritime protection of our vast coastline of Eastern Seaboard.
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PS/SK/04/2019