At an impressive ceremony held at Vizhinjam harbour on Wednesday, Indian Coast Guard Ship C-441 was commissioned by Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tom Jose said that Indian Coast Guard Ships are undertaking maritime activities such as search and rescue, rendering assistance to mariners and fisher folk in distress, medical evacuation and marine environment protection, strict enforcement of marine laws, often braving bad seas, heavy winds and rains.
He thanked the Coast Guard for showing great performance during Ockhi cyclone and Kerala Flood. Inspector General Vijay D Chafekar, Commander Coast Guard Region (West) Mumbai, DIG Sanathan Jana, Commander Coast Guard District No.4 (Kerala and Mahe), Commandant Varghese and Dy.Comdt George Baby of Coast Guard Station, Vizhinjam, senior officers from Army, Navy, Air Force, BSF, Police, Airport Authority, Central and State senior officials and NCC in addition to coast guard officials were presented this auspicious occasion.
ICGS C-441 is the seventh Interceptor Vessel amongst the series designed and built indigenously by M/s. L & T Ltd., Surat.
The vessel is commanded by the Assistant Commandant Amit K.Choudhary, TM with a crew compliment of thirteen personnel. 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 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 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.