Offshore Patrol Vessel-6 “VAJRA” is launched at Chennai

Offshore Patrol Vessel-6 “VAJRA” is launched at Chennai

Offshore Patrol Vessel-6 “VAJRA” is launched at Chennai:  Offshore patrol vessel-6 "Vajra" was launched at Chennai on 27 Feb 2020. The chief guest for the ceremonial inauguration of 6th Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV-6) ’VAJRA’ was Minister of State for Shipping(I/C) and  Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya. The impressive ceremony  was witnessed by Director General K Natarajan, PTM, TM, Director General Indian coast Guard, Inspector General S Paramesh, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and other senior officials.

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya said that "it is momentous occasion for the Indian Coast Guard as 6th OPV is getting launched in the sea for the first time and also it will  strengthen the efforts Indian Coast Guard for  securing over 7500 km vast coastline, an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of over 20 lakh sq kms and more than one lakh merchant ships transiting per year through Indian waters for global trade" .

He recalled maritime history of India and stated that National Maritime Heritage Complex will be developed at Lothal,Gujarat. Its main purpose would be securing and showcasing rich maritime heritage of India.

He added that India has always been strong player in Maritime Technology since Indus Valley Civilisation except few centuries and showed the confidence that India is regaining  its maritime capabilities with dedicated approach in terms of shipbuildings and protecting waters of India.

Shri Mandaviya also congratulated M/s L&T Shipbuilding for the  delivery of the vessel as per scheduled timeline. The OPV launched is the sixth in the series of seven OPV projects being built by M/s L&T Shipbuilding under the ‘Make in India’ policy.

Further Shri Mandaviya added that OPV-6 is truly state of the art platform which will enhance the capabilities of Indian Coast Guard in terms of Operation, Surveillance, Search & Rescue. Shri Mandaviya appreciated that within the span of 43 years, Indian Coast Guard has increased its fleet strength and now it is one of the largest coast guards in the world. 

The ship would be utilized for day and night patrol/surveillance along with anti-terrorist/ anti-smuggling operations in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as well as Coastal Security. The OPV will have two Navigation Radars with ultra-modern technology, Sophisticated navigational and latest communication systems.

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