Rajnath Singh commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sachet and two
interceptor boats (IBs) C-450 and C-451 in Goa via video conference from the
national capital on May 15th. The ICGS Sachet, the first in the series of five
offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has been designed & built indigenously by
Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and
The rising power of
'our sea guard', ICG and Indian shipbuilding industry is a matter of pride for
Commending ICG and Goa Shipyard Limited for this initiative of
commissioning through digital means, Mr Rajnath Singh said, “The commissioning
of these ships is an important milestone in India's coastal capability building
process. The rising power of 'our sea guard', ICG and Indian shipbuilding
industry is a matter of pride for the country.”
The oceans are the
lifelines of not only our country, but also global prosperity
The oceans are the lifelines of not only our country, but also global
prosperity.” Safe, protected and clean seas provide economic opportunities for
our nation building. India is an emerging maritime power, and our prosperity is
also very dependent on the sea. Being a responsible maritime power, Oceans are
priority of the Government, he added.
As the fourth largest Coast Guard in the world, it has established itself
as a reliable force. It not only protects our coastline and coastal community,
but also protects economic activities, and maritime environment in the
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).”
Sea can become a
medium of any kind of threats sponsored by anti-national elements
Sea can become a medium of any kind of threats sponsored by anti-national
elements. Therefore it is extremely important to develop a collaborative and
cooperative approach among all stakeholders. The Coast Guard Ships being
inducted will add to their strength and help in addressing the challenges
related to maritime terrorism, drug trafficking, smuggling, maritime law
enforcement and the search and rescue of threatened mariners.
The defense minister praised the efforts of Goa Shipyard and L&T
Shipyard, Hazira who have continued to build and maintain ships under the
Director General of Indian Coast Guard Krishnaswamy Natarajan said the 105
metre long ship ‘Sachet’ displaces approximately 2,350 tons and is propelled by
two 9,100 KW diesel engines designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots,
with an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles.
The sustenance and reach, coupled with the latest equipment and systems,
provides her the capability to perform the role of a command platform and
undertake tasks to fulfill the ICG charter. The ship is designed to carry a
twin-engine helicopter and four high speed boats and one inflatable boat for
swift boarding and search & rescue operations. The ship is also capable of
carrying limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution
response at sea.
‘The ICGS Sachet is being commanded by Deputy Inspector General Rajesh
Mittal and manned by 11 Officers and 110 men. It is for the first time in
Indian maritime history that a ship was commissioned through digital medium,
maintaining strict protocol of social distancing in the backdrop of COVID-19
Boats C-450 and C-451 are indigenously designed and built by Larsen &
Toubro Shipyard Hazira
The Interceptor Boats C-450 and C-451 are indigenously designed and built
by Larsen & Toubro Shipyard Hazira, and fitted with latest navigation and
communication equipment. The two 30
metre long boats are capable of achieving speeds in excess of 45 knots and
designed for high speed interception, close coast patrol and low intensity
maritime operations. The quick response capability of the IBs makes it an ideal
platform to respond and thwart any emerging maritime situation. .
The Coast Guard has been a pioneer in inducting indigenous assets which has
enabled it to remain operationally available throughout the year. In continuation of maximising the indigenous
content in the IBs has about 70 per cent of indigenous contents, thus providing
the necessary fillip to the Indian shipbuilding industry.
The ships, on joining the Coast Guard fleet, will be deployed extensively
for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance, coastal security and other
duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter of duties, to safeguard the
maritime interests of the Nation.
With the commissioning
of these ships, the Indian Coast Guards has reached a landmark 150 ships &
Boats and 62 aircraft
With the commissioning of these ships, the Indian Coast Guards has reached
a landmark 150 ships & Boats and 62 aircraft. Further, 40 ships are in
various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyards and 16 advanced
light helicopters are under production at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited,
Bengaluru, which will provide the added strength to the surveillance
capabilities of ICG to deal with the ever-dynamic maritime challenges.
The ICG has to its credit of saving about 400 lives at sea, 4,500 lives as
part of assistance rendered to civil authorities and undertook 32 medical
evacuations in the year 2019 alone. The deterrence created by the ICG is not
limited to the Indian waters, but collaboration with friendly littoral states
as per provisions of bilateral cooperation agreements resulted in successful
apprehension and seizure of drugs in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The real time information sharing, close coordination and understanding
between ICG and other international agencies has been the key success of these operations.
Hawk eye vigil of the Indian EEZ has ensured seizure of Rs 2,000 crore
contraband, detainment of 30 foreign fishing vessels with 119 miscreants for
fishing illegally in Indian waters during the same period.
Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production)Mr Raj
Kumar, Secretary (Defence Finance) Ms Gargi Kaul and other senior officials of
Ministry of Defence were present in Delhi while Minister of statefor defense
Sripad Naik and Chairman & Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Cmde Bharat
Bhushan Nagpal (Retd) were present in Goa on the occasion.