Additional Director General (ADG) of the Coast Guard V.S.R Murty commissioned ICGS Rashmoni, the fifth in the series of the fast patrol vessels, in Visakhapatnam on Monday.
The 51 metre long, 8.36 metre wide and 346-tonne ship, named after the legendary Rani Rashmoni of Kolkata, has been designed and built by the Hindustan Ship Yard Ltd, and it is equipped with advanced technology and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment.
ICGS Rani Rashmoni has four officers and 34 men and is commanded by Commandant Navdeep Safaya.
ICGS Rashmoni is propelled by three MTU 40000 series diesel engines of 2720 KW capacity each coupled with three Rolls Royce Kamewa jets and can achieve a maximum speed of 34 knots (63kmph).
The ship is designed to perform multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations.
ADG Added, The Coast Guard will add 5 more ships to the coast of Andhra Pradesh and to be placed at Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, and Krishnapatnam in the next two years. The ICG is planning to set up an Air Enclave at Visakhapatnam to enhance air surveillance. A jetty will be built at Kakinada with the help of the navy soon.
Around 60 more radar stations will be established on the Andhra Pradesh coastline under Phase II of Coastal Surveillance Network to ensure near gap-free electronic surveillance.
The ship will be based at Visakhapatnam under the administrative and operational control of the commander, Coast Guard, and the district administration.
Source: Deccan Harald