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New coast Guard offshore patrol vessel arrives at base port

Press Trust of India  |  Visakhapatnam 

ship "Veera", the third in the series ofnew generation OffshorePatrol Vessels (OPVs) acquired by the Indian Coast Guard, arrived at its base port hereThursday.

'Veera',which meansbrave,is commanded by Commandant GD Raturi and has a compliment of 12 officers and 91 men, a release said.

After commissioning, expected in mid April, the OPV would be deployed for coastal and offshore patrolling, policing maritime zones of the country, control and surveillance, anti-smuggling and anti-piracy operations with limited wartime roles.

On arrival in Vizag, a ceremonial reception was extended to the ship, the release said.

The vessel equipped with ultra-modern navigation and is the third in the series of the seven being built indigenously by the Larsen and ToubroShipbuilding under a contract it had signed with the in March, 2015.

The 97m long, 15m wide ship can attain a sustained speed of up to 26 knots.

The OPV is built with Integrated Platform Management System to enable special control capabilities generally integrated in larger warships like frigatesand destroyers, the said.

The vessel, fitted with front propulsion pods for providing an ability of high manoeuvrability, is capable of operation in maritime zones of India, including island territories, and equipped to handle helicopter operations.

Presently, in has 14 ships/boats.

With the commissioning of Veera, scheduled for mid April, it will emerge as a stronger and potent force to address the emerging security challenges along the Eastern Coast of the country, the release said.

The ship on joining Coast Guard .

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 21:45 IST