Panaji: The first in the class of five Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), built on Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL’s) ‘in-house’ design was delivered to the Indian Coast Guard on February 24, 2020.
According to a statement from GSL, the largest and most advanced 105 meters long, new generation OPV was handed over by Cmde B B Nagpal, CMD, GSL, to DIG Rajesh Mittal, Commanding Officer (designate) in presence of IG T P Sadanandan, PTM, TM, DDG (M&M), Indian Coast Guard and DIG Atul Parlikar, TM CGRPS (Goa) in a simple ceremony held at GSL.
T N Sudhakar, Director (Finance), S J Kamat, Director (Operations), Capt Jagmohan, Director (CPP&BD) and other senior officials of Indian Coast Guard and GSL were also present on the occasion.
GSL CMD, on the occasion, said, “The on time delivery of the ship, being the first vessel of the new class, with enhanced indigenization of critical machinery, has reinforced the trust of our esteemed customers in the shipbuilding capability of GSL.”
During the sea trials, ship had bettered various contractual parameters like speed, fuel efficiency, low turning circle etc.
The ship was launched on February 21, 2019, and within a year it was delivered.