Coast Guard patrol vessel Vijaya launched

The second offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built by the Larsen and Toubro Shipyard near here for the Indian Coast Guard was launched on 20 January 2018. The indigenously built vessel ‘Vijaya’, equipped with state-of art radar, navigational and communication system, will be utilised for day and night patrol and surveillance, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations and coastal security. Asset requirements were being met by adding new ships and replenishment of ageing existing OPV class of ships in a phased manner

According to a Rs 1,432 crore contract signed with the Defence Ministry, the L&T Shipyard at Kattupalli, about 45 km from here, would indigenously design and build seven OPVs. The navigation and communication system were capable of operating in tropical conditions. The 98 metre long and 14.8 metres wide ship with a gross tonnage of 2,100 tonnes has an endurance of 5,000 nautical miles with a cruising speed of 12-14 knots which can be increased to 26 knots.

The first OPV, the country’s first-ever such defence craft to be built in a private shipyard, was launched in October 2017 Launching of an vessel is an auspicious occasion as the ship touches the water for the first time. The ship is fitted with two units of diesel driven engines of 9,000 kw each with low fuel consumption. It also has the capacity to carry one integral twin engine helicopter which would further enhance the operational, surveillance, search and rescue capability. The OPV would be manned by 102 crew, including 14 officers.

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