Rituals of the second Offshore Patrol Vessel by Goa Shipyard Ltd.

Rituals of the second Offshore Patrol Vessel by Goa Shipyard Ltd.

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Mrs. Seema Mittal, wife of Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Sanjiv Mittal performed the launching rituals of the second Offshore Patrol Vessel by Goa Shipyard Ltd.

This 2nd ship of the indigenous Project for 05 Offshore Patrol Vessels has been named ICGS Sujeet.The first OPV of this class was launched three months earlier by the Raksha Mantri on 21 Feb 2019.

The current function was attended by Flag Officer Goa Area Rear Admiral P G Pynumootil,NM, Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) – ADG K Natarajan, PTM, TM, Director General of Goa Police Shri Prabnav Nanda and CMD, GSL Commodore BB Nagpal, and various other senior dignitaries.

Praising the excellent efforts and achievements of Goa Shipyard, Shri Sanjiv Mittal congratulated the personnel of Goa Shipyard for the launching of the Vessel.

He acknowledged the tremendous contribution of Goa Shipyard in indigenous shipbuilding, catering to the acquisition requirements of the Indian maritime forces.

Speaking on the occasion ADG K Natrajan highlighted the symbiotic relationship between Indian Coast Guard and Goa Shipyard and added that majority of Indian Coast Guard ships are built at GSL.

The ongoing project for 05 Offshore Patrol Vessels is one of the biggest orders being executed by GSL for the Indian Coast Guard. This indigenous Project was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 13 Nov 2016.

It is creditable for the shipyard to complete the 100% hull construction and bring the vessel in advanced stage of outfitting for delivery in Jun 2020.

The ship has been designed in-house by the professionals of GSL, these OPVs will be used for protection of Exclusive Economic Zone of territorial water.

These OPVs will be fitted with most modern and technologically advanced machinery and computerized controls systems, making them the most advanced Patrol Vessels in service with the Indian Coast Guard.

These 2400 tonne vessels will be equipped with features like Quick Response Boats for rescue and anti piracy, Gunnery simulators and many more advanced features.

The hull would be the most efficient form designed by GSL and would provide for fuel efficiency, crew comfort and excellent sea keeping qualities.