ICGS Vigraha, the latest Offshore Patrol Vessel to be commissioned by the Indian Coast Guard arrived at its homeport of Vishakapatnam, in Eastern Andhra Pradesh to a grand welcome.
The 98-meter long Vigraha was commissioned on August 28 in Chennai, by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
Built at a private shipyard near Chennai, the OPV is designed with advanced technology, radar navigation and communication equipment, sensors and engines capable of operating in tropical sea conditions.
The ship is designed to carry one twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats including two inflatable boats for navigation, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Maritime Patrol.
Although the ship has a top speed of 23 knots (nearly 43kmph), it also has an endurance of 5,000 nautical miles at an economical speed. This food and capacity, combined with new equipment and new systems, give it the ability to fulfill the role of a commanding station.
The ship can also carry pollution emitters for oil spills at sea. The ship can reach a maximum speed of 23 knots and has an endurance of 5,000 nautical miles at economical speed.
This food and capacity, combined with new equipment and new systems, give it the ability to fulfill the role of a commanding station.
Commanded by Commandant PN Anoop, INS Vigraha joins the Coast Guard fleet of Eastern Region and adds more heft to the capability in the eastern seas.
The ship will be docked in the Area of Responsibility of Eastern Region and when it enters the main port of Visakhapatnam, a welcome ceremony has been arranged, graced by the Deputy Inspector General Yoginder Dhaka, Director General, Andhra Pradesh. ICGS Vigraha has 12 officers and 90 registered employees.