The newly built Coast Guard Vessel, ICGS C-441 will be commissioned into the service on April 24 at Vizhinjam Harbour in Kerala.
The ship will be commissioned by Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose in a ceremonial function. Inspector General Vijay D Chafekar, Commander Coast Guard Region (West) Mumbai will be present during the event.
A number of State and Central senior officials, senior officers from Army, Navy and Air Force in addition to coast guard officials are expected to witness the auspicious occasion, official sources said.
ICGS C-441 is seventh Interceptor Vessel amongst the series designed and built indigenously by M/s. L & T Ltd., Surat. The vessel has overall length of 27.8 meters, displacement 106 tons and maximum speed of 45 knots (83 km/hr). The vessel is equipped with twin diesel engines, twin water jet propulsion and has endurance of 500 NM at 25 knots of speed.
The vessel is also provided with infra-red surveillance and capable of operating in shallow waters as well as in deep seas. Also has the capability to undertake multifarious tasks such as close coast surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to boats and crafts in distress at sea. The vessel has complement of one officer and 13 enrolled personnel specialised in various fields.
The ship is fitted with state-of-the art communication, navigational equipment and with light, medium and heavy automatic machine gun onboard as main armament.
The ICG will strengthen its presence by construction of own jetty and commissioning of air base at Trivandrum. The surface assets and aircraft will add on to the increasing berthing and parking facilities respectively. The operation of Air base will also commence shortly as ICG acquired land adjacent to airport and temporary operational facility has been leased from AAI.
The addition of this vessel into the inventory of Indian Coast Guard at Thiruvananthapuram will surely enhance the security and safety of the southern part of the state and strengthen the coastal security apparatus of the nation, the sources said.