Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Wednesday commissioned ICGS Kanaklata Barua, a fast patrol vessel (FPV), in Kolkata.
ICG ships are named after women freedom fighters of the country and the ICG had an FPV named after Kanaklata, which was decommissioned in 2017 after 20 years of service from Port Blair as its base.
The new vessel will replace the decommissioned vessel.
ICGS Kanaklata Barua has been built by the Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE).
Shri Jiwesh Nandan, IAS, Additional Secretary, MoD, unveiling ship’s plaque during #commissioningceremony of @IndiaCoastGuard ship Kanaklata Barua on 30 Sep 20 @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/OCLw18jqJr
— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) September 30, 2020
It is the fifth and final ship in the series of FPVs for the Indian Coast Guard and this is also the 105th vessel delivered by the defence PSU shipyard.
The FPVs has been entirely designed by the GRSE central design office.
These ships are designed to achieve speeds exceeding 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.
These ships are also fitted with 40/60 Gun as the main armament and have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel.
The 49-metre-long ship is designed to carry one high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and one Gemini boat for swift boarding, and search and rescue operations.