New Delhi: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) delivered a Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) “SCGS Zoroaster” to to the Coast Guard of Seychelles, the archipelagic island country. With this, the defence PSU, GRSE has delivered 107 warships so far.
“Delivery of this ship today signifies a breakthrough in the company’s journey towards becoming a global player in the warship building arena and bears testimony to the trust; foreign countries are reposing in this Indian shipyard’s abilities,” the company said.
Recently, GRSE also bagged an order for construction & supply of 01 Ocean Going Passenger & Cargo Vessel for Republic of Guyana.
The Protocol of delivery and acceptance was signed between Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE and Lt. Cdr Aditya, Commanding Officer (Desig) in the presence of Cmde Sanjeev Nayyar, IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding), Cmde P R Hari, Director (Personnel) and Shri RK Dash, Director (Finance) and other Senior Officials of GRSE, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.
“SCG PS Zoroaster”, a Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) @OfficialGRSE was delivered to the Coast Guard of Seychelles on 15th Feb 2021. @DefenceMinIndia @SpokespersonMoD @hci_seychelles @sjaju1 pic.twitter.com/o2Qt0mZEGz— Defence Production India (@DefProdnIndia) February 16, 2021
The SCG Ship ‘Zoroaster’, a Fast Patrol Vessel, is a powerful, fuel-efficient platform designed to perform multipurpose operations, such as patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching, and search and rescue (SAR).
With a maximum speed of 34 knots and an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles, this50 m FPV with a waterjet propulsion system and advanced controls has the capability to undertake Maritime Missions of the Seychelles Coast Guard.
The ship is also fitted with a 40/60 gun as the main armament. The vessel will also flaunt improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel. The overall design of the FPV has been developed in-house by GRSE.
GRSE also has the experience of delivering CGS Barracuda, a multipurpose compact Offshore Patrol Vessel to Mauritius Coast Guard, thereby becoming the first Indian shipyard to have exported a warship, way back in 2015, when the ship was commissioned.
Since its inception as a DPSU in 1960, GRSE has built 788 platforms which include 107 warships to Maritime forces, which is the highest number of warships built & delivered by any shipyard in the country, till date.
GRSE has the capability to construct 20 ships concurrently, using its modernized infrastructure and ‘Modular Integrated Construction Philosophy’.