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Fast Patrol Vessel - PRIYADARSHINI Class 1992

The Priyadarshini-class patrol vessels (also known as as Jija Bai Mod 1 class) are 8 mid-shore fast patrol boats, built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata and Goa Shipyard Limited, Vasco da Gama, Goa for Indian Coast Guard between 1991 and 1998. The 46 metre-long vessels with a displacement of 215 tonnes have a top speed of 24 knots. The vessels are powered by two MTU 12V538 diesel engines driving two independent four-blade propellers. The Priyadarshini class has a range of 2400 nm at cruise speed of 12 knots. The crew of the patrol vessels consists of 5 officers and 29 enlisted sailors. The vessels are armed with a 40 mm 60 cal Bofors Mk 3 AA. In early 1998, ICGS Amrit Kaur (225) acted as a trial platform for the 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun.

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.

  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 India’s 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. RAZIYA SULTANA (1240) - Was the only lady to occupy the throne of Delhi. She was a daughter of Sultan Iltutmish who, before his death, nominated her as his successor. The nobles however, disliked the idea of a female ruling over them, set up her older brother, Rukn-un-din as the Sultan In May 1236, immediately after the death of Sultan Iltutmish. But Rukn-un-din was deposed and killed a few months after his accession and his sister Raziya was installed on the throne of Delhi. She ruled for four years (1236-40). She took active part in politics as well as in wars, rode an elephant in the sight of the public and led the armies against Hindu and Muhammadan rebels alike. She possessed remarkable talents and kept intact the dominions of the Delhi Sultanate extending from Sind to Bengal. But the Muhammadan nobles could not reconcile themselves to the rule of a woman. Further, the trust that she placed in any Abyssinian slave named Yaqut gave them an excuse for an open revolt in which the lead was taken by Altuniya the governor of Sind. The rebels deposed her, but Raziya tried to save her position by marrying the rebel leader, Altuniya. This adroit move, however, could not reconcile the Muhammadan nobles who defeated and killed Raziya and her husband in Oct 1240.
  3. ANNIE BESANT (1847-1933) – Mrs Besant, 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.
  4. 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 Women’s movement art and culture, and held many high offices, including membership of the Congress Working Committee Presidentship of All India Women’s Conference, and of the All India Handicrafts Board. In 1966, she was given the Magassaysay Award for community leadership.
  5. 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 Women’s Conference and the founder President of Indian Council for Child Welfare.
  6. KANAKLATA BARUA (1926-1942) - She was born at Village Borangabari Distt Darrang, Assam on 1926. Her father’s 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 cook’s 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.
  7. BHIKHAIJI CAMA (1861-1936) - She was born at Bombay in 1861. Her father’s name was Sorabji Framji Patel. She was originally named Bhikhaiji Patel. She was married on 03 Aug 1885 to Rustam Cama. In 1902 she went to London where she came in contact with Dadabhai Naoroji. She designed the first National Flag, which she unfurled at the Socialist Congress at Stuttgart, West Germany in 1907. She also met many Indian revolutionaries in Europe when France joined England in the war against Germany. Cama was sent to prison where she remained for three years till the end of hostilities. She was not allowed to return to India after the war and it was only in 1935 when she was 74 and ill that she allowed to come back. She died in a Bombay Hospital in 1936.
  8. SUCHETA KRIPLANI (1908-1974) - She was born at Ambala in Haryana on 25 Jun 1908. She was daughter of SN Majumdar, a nationalist medical officer. She had a brilliant educational career and started her life as a teacher. While teaching at BHU, she came in contact with Acharya Kriplani whom she married in 1936. She started her active political activities in 1939 and was closely associated with the nationalist movement and with the Indian National Congress. She was elected to the Constituent Assembly in 1946, and worked with Mahatama Gandhi during the Noakhali riots for Hindu-Muslim unity. In 1962, she became a minister in UP Cabinet and then Chief Minister in Oct 1963. She retired from active politics in 1971 and died on 01 Dec 1974.

Priyadarshini221GRSEVisakhapatnam25 May
29 Aug
Razia Sultana222GRSEParadip18 Nov
2019 : Active
Annie Beseant223GSLManglore07 Dec
10 Jan
Kamla Devi224GSLGoa20 May
2019 : Active
Amrit Kaur225GSLMumbai20 Mar
20 Mar
Kanak Lata Barua226GRSEPort Blair27 Mar
23 Jun
Bhikaji Cama227GRSEPort Blair24 Sep
28 Mar
Sucheta Kripalani228GRSEKolkata16 Mar
23 Mar

Displacement, Light 165 tonnes
Displacement, Deep 215 tonnes
Length 46 meter
Beam 7.5 meter
Draf 1.85-2.0 meter
Speed 23-24 Knots
Armament 40 mm 60 cal Bofors Mk 3 AA or 1x30 CRN 91; 2x7.62 mm MG
Radar BEL make-1*Decca 1245/6X or Decca 1226 for navigation
Power 2 MTU 12V538 TB82 diesel, 1480 KW each
Propulsion 2*4 Blade propeller, 5940 bhp
Electric 240 kW (3*80 kW, 315 V,50 Hz Diesel driven)
Range 2400 nm at 12-14 knots
Crew34 (including 06 officers), or
5 officers. 29 enlisted.
Fuel 20 Tonnes

Fast Patrol Vessel - PRIYADARSHINI Class

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