Why in News?
The Indian Coast Guard recently commissioned a new coast guard vessel at Goa Shipyard limited (GSL).
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
Important ICG Vessels
|OPV Vikram||India’s first ever defence vessel to be built in a private shipyard .|
|OPV Suraksha , OPV Varaha||Gifted by India to Sri-Lanka|
|C-433 , C-434||High speed interceptor boats|
|ICGS Ayush||Fast Patrol vessel , fitted with state of the art navigational and communication equipment including Integrated Bridge System (IBS)|
|ICGS Aryaman and Atulya||Fast Patrol Vessel , equipped with the state of art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipment.|
|OPV Sarathi||Offshore patrolling vessel equipped with Integrated Bridge system and advanced weaponry.|
|ICGS Arinjay||Used for anti-smuggling and anti piracy activities|
|ICGS Apoorva||Indigenously designed , used for close coast surveillance , search and rescue etc.|
About ICGS Sujay
i) It is the sixth and last in the series of 105m OPV built by Goa Shipyard Ltd.
ii) It will be based at Paradip, Odisha under operational and administrative control of commander coast guard region (Northeast)
iii) It will be deployed for EEZ Surveillance and to safeguard the maritime interest of India.
iv) The OPV is fitted with sate of the art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.
v) Its features include Integrated Bridge System (IBS) , Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS) , Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting .
Indian Coast Guard
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) protects India’s maritime interests and enforces maritime law with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone an EEZ. The Indian Coast Guard was formally established on 18 August 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 as an independent armed force of India. It operates under the Ministry of Defence .5]
The Coast Guard works in close cooperation with the Indian Navy, the Department of Fisheries ,the Department of Revenue (Customs) and the Central and State police forces.
Source-The Times of India.