Chennai: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship C-449 was commissioned on Thursday by chief secretary K Shanmugam in Chennai, which would further strengthen the maritime and coastal security of Tamil Nadu.
The ship is the 49th in the series of 54 ships being indigenously designed and built by Larsen and Toubro Ltd, Hazira (Surat).
Chief Secretary to Tamilnadu, Sri K Shanmugam commissioned @IndiaCoastGuard ship C-449 for the service of the nation at Chennai today. @pibchennai @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @airnewsalerts @DefenceMinIndia @drajaykumar_ias @DDNewslive pic.twitter.com/3JVrpRAAPL— Defence PRO Chennai (@Def_PRO_Chennai) August 20, 2020
The induction of the ship was part of the ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen Maritime and Coastal Security along the Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh coasts.
The ship will not only strengthen the security umbrella of the East Coast, but would also help augment patrolling in order to prevent illicit activities at sea.
This ship is 27.80 m long, with a displacement of 105 tons and could attain a maximum Speed of 45 knots (85 kmph).
It is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks, including Surveillance, Interdiction, Search and Rescue, in addition to rendering assistance to boats and craft in distress at sea.
The vessel is provided with advanced navigation and communication equipment for safe navigation.
Shri K Shanmugam, IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt of Tamil Nadu commissioned @IndiaCoastGuard ship C-449 on 20 Aug 20 at #Chennai, following protocols of social distancing due Pandemic #COVID-19 @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/vgaD9kjJBq— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) August 20, 2020
The quick reaction ability coupled with modern equipment and systems provides her the capability to respond to any maritime situation at a very short notice.
The ship is commanded by Assistant Commandant Ashish Sharma and will be based at Krishnapatnam under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard District Headquarters No.6, Visakhapatnam.
The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by restricted dignitaries by following all the Covid-19 protocols.