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Fast Patrol Vessel - PRIYADARSHINI Class 2019

The Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), a medium range surface vessel with a length of 50 m, width of 7.5 m and displacement of around 308 T, is capable of operations in the maritime zones of India. The powerful, fuel-efficient platforms are designed to perform multipurpose operations like patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and rescue operations. The vessel is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles. They are equipped with three main engines of MTU make and built up at GRSE with advanced control systems, Water Jet units and an integrated bridge system integrating all communication and navigation systems. The ship is also fitted with 40/60 gun as main armament and will also have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel.

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) on 05 November 2019 delivered 'Annie Besant', second in a series of five fast patrol vessels (FPV) to the Indian Coast Guard. The protocol of delivery and acceptance was signed between GRSE chairman & managing director Rear Admiral V K Saxena and Commanding Officer of the vessel, Commandant (JG) Sunny Deo at the Kolkata-based state-run defence shipyard.

GRSE currently had a strong order book position of around Rs 27, 400 crore under which there are a total of 22 warships at various stages of construction. Presently, the company had six projects that are under way: five projects of the Indian Navy and one of the Indian Coast Guard. GRSE is aggressively pursuing the new request for proposals (RFP) that have been issued by the ministry of defence. GRSE responded to the RFPs for two Pollution Control Vessels (PCVs) and eight FPVs for the Indian Coast Guard. GRSE was also preparing response to RFPs for construction of 12 Air-Cushion Vehicles for Indian Coast Guard and Indian Army and the major project for construction of six New Generation Missile Vessels for Indian Navy.

The entire design of the ship has been developed in-house by M/s GRSE as per requirement of Indian Coast Guard. The ship is 50 metres long & 7.5 metres wide with a displacement of around 308 tonnes. The ship is designed for maximum speed of 34 knots, with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical mile at cruising speed of 12-16 Knots. She is equipped with three main engines of MTU make and built up at GRSE with advanced control systems, 'Water Jet' units and an 'integrated bridge system' integrating all communication and navigation systems. The ship is also fitted with improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel. The ship is equipped with with advanced communication and navigational systems. The Ship is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as Fisheries Protection and Monitoring, Anti-smuggling, Surveillance, Interdiction, Search & Rescue, Medical evacuation and coordinated sea-air search. The fire power of the ship is provided by her main armament 40/60 Bofors Gun and 2 SRCG Guns.

Indian Coast Guard Ship Priyadarshini was commissioned on April 26, 2019 at Kakinada by Additional Director General KR Nautiyal, Coast Guard Commander Eastern Seaboard in the presence of Inspector General S Paramesh, Commander Coast Guard Region (East) and other distinguished guests from various Central and State agencies. The ship is based at Kakinada from where she will be deployed for undertaking operational commitments as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter and will be under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (East).The state of art platform will further strengthen the coastal security mechanism on the Eastern seaboard in general and off the Coast of Andhra Pradesh in particular and SAR efforts undertaken by CG station Kakinada. ICGS Priyadarshini is the first ship among the five in the series being built indigenously by M/S GRSE.

Indian Coast Guard Fast Patrol Vessel (Yard 2117) was named Kanaklata Barua at an impressive launching ceremony at GRSE Kolkata on August 10, 2019. The ceremonial naming was done by Smt Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production), Chief Guest of the event, in the presence of Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, Commander Coast Guard Region (NE), Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State government. The vessel is fifth and last of the series of the class being built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata. The first ship of this class, ICGS Priyadarshini, was commissioned on March 27, 2019.

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) on 05 Nov 2019 delivered 'Annie Besant', second in the series of five fast patrol vessels (FPV) to the Indian Coast Guard. The protocol of delivery and acceptance was signed between GRSE chairman & managing director Rear Admiral V K Saxena and Commanding Officer of the vessel, Commandant (JG) Sunny Deo at the Kolkata-based state-run defence shipyard.

Two fast patrol vessels manufactured by Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSENSE 1.75 %) for Indian Coast Guard were launched 22 November 2018. The vessels, named ICGS Amrit Kaur and ICGS Kamla Devi after freedom fighters, are the third and fourth in a series of five fast patrol vessels being built by GRSE for the Coast Guard, GRSE chairman cum managing director Rear Admiral V K Saxena said.

Naming and launching of the ship is an important milestone in the life of the ship which actually signifies birth of a ship. Launching also marks the completion of main hull of the ship for transfer from land to the water for the first time. These vessel names are the same as those of a recently decommissioned class of Fast Patrol Vessels built in the 1990s, with an interval of only a couple of years between incarnations.

  1. PRIYADARSHINI (Indira Gandhi) (1917-1984) Daughter of Jawahar Lal Nehru and Kamla Nehru, India Priyadarshini was born at Allahabad on 19 Nov 1917. Priyadarshini means dear to the sight. She was educated at Vishva Bharti University and at Oxford, and became involved in political life almost from Childhood. In 1942 she married Feroze Gandhi, a young Congress leader. She and her husband both were arrested and sentenced to 13 months imprisonment. She became member of Congress Working Committee in 1955 and was elected its President in 1959. Joining the Government in 1964 as Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Cabinet. She became Independent Indias third Prime Minister in 1966 and presided over an eventual era for the next 11 years. She was conferred the Bharat Ratna for her great leadership in the Bangladesh crisis. Mrs Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister for over 16 years till her assassination on 31 Oct 1984 at her official residence in New Delhi by two of her Security Guards.
  2. ANNIE BESANT (1847-1933), a British socialist turned theosophist, came to India in 1893 and adopted it as her home. At first she confined her activities to religious, social and education fields. She pleaded for the equal rights for woman the organisation for workmen and the reform of land laws. She also campaigned for better housing, school meals for the poor children and for the Scouts movements. A critic of the child marriage, Mrs Besant opposed the rigidity of caste system and championed the cause of depressed classes. Mrs Besant emerged as a political leader in 1915, when she was successful in bringing a compromise between the Moderates and the Extremists of the Congress. She founded the Home Rule League in 1916 and started two journals, the New India and the Commonwealth. Mrs Besant was imprisoned for her political activities and on her release in 1917 she presided over the Calcutta session of the Congress. Later, in consultation with Indian leaders, she drafted the well-known commonwealth of India Bill. An educationist, Mrs Besant was responsible for starting institutions including the Central Hindu College at Banaras in 1890, which was nucleus for the Banaras Hindu University.

  3. KAMLA DEVI (born 1903) Born in a wealthy family of South Karnataka, She was married at a very young age but became a widow while yet at school. She broke away from tradition and married the poet Harindranath Chattopadhya, the brother of Sarojini Naidu, in 1920 though the marriage was dissolved in 1933. She came under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, and actively participated in Non Co-operation Movement and the Civil Disobedience Movement. In 1948, she joined the Congress Socialist party. She was intensely interested in Womens movement art and culture, and held many high offices, including membership of the Congress Working Committee Presidentship of All India Womens Conference, and of the All India Handicrafts Board. In 1966, she was given the Magassaysay Award for community leadership.
  4. RAJKUMARI AMRIT KAUR (1889-1964) Belonging to the ruling family or Kapurthala in the Punjab, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was born at Lucknow and Educated in England. She came in contact with Gandhiji 1919 and soon become his close follower and a life long associate. She also served him as a secretary for sixteen years. After joining the Congress, she took an active part with Salt Satyagrah of 1930 and Quit India Movement on 1942 and suffered imprisonment. She served the Independent India as its first Health Minister. She was more involved in social service than in politics. She concerned herself with the progress of women and the Harijan uplift and endeavoured to eradicate the early marriage, purdah and illiteracy. She was the founder member of All India Womens Conference and the founder President of Indian Council for Child Welfare.
  5. KANAKLATA BARUA (1926-1942) - She was born at Village Borangabari Distt Darrang, Assam on 1926. Her fathers name was Shri Krishna Kant Barua. She was educated upto primary standard. She took part in Quit India Movement in 1942. The group of local leaders planned to hoist the Congress Flag on all police stations in district on 20 Sep 1942. An incident occurred at Gohpur where five thousand people from Choiduar region (250 sq miles) gathered in front of the local police stations to hoist the Congress Flag. A man from the crowd attempted to set the nearby cooks shade ablaze while some other tried to disarm the constables by trying to snatch away their muskets. In this confused situation, one of the constables without waiting for any order from the officer fired two shots killing a sixteen year old girl. Kanaklata Barua and seriously injuring Mukumdaam Kakoti, who died later, Hemkanta Barua. The way Kanaklata Barua braved the police bullets to hoist the National Flag on the Guhpur Police Station makes an immortal story of martyrdom for the cause of freedom.

Ship List
# Name Builder Laid
Down
Launch Comm Decomm Notes
# RAZIA SULTANA Garden Reach (GRSE) 20
# ANNIE BESANT Garden Reach (GRSE) 05 Nov
2019
# Garden Reach (GRSE) 20
# Garden Reach (GRSE) 20
226 Garden Reach (GRSE) 20



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