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DIG TKS Chandran Commander Coast Guard District No 4 and a host of Navy and Coast Guard personnel were present on board when Coast Guard Ship ( CGS) Varuna celebrated 25 years of glorious service to the nation on 27 Feb 13. Commissioned on 27th February 1988 at Mumbai, the ship as the training ship of Indian Coast Guard has served as the Alma Mater to about 600 officers of the Indian Coast Guard. CGS Varuna has also taken part in several search and rescue missions and apprehension of contraband at sea. DIG TKS Chandran (Right) releasing the Coffee Table book on the silver jubilee of the ship, in the presence of Commander KM Arun Kumar, Commanding Officer DIG TKS Chandran (Right) releasing the Coffee Table book on the silver jubilee of the ship, in the presence of Commander KM Arun Kumar, Commanding Officer The DIG also released a commemorative Coffee table book on the occasion. Visit to an orphanage by the families of the crew and the traditional cake cutting ceremony were the other highlights of the anniversary celebrations. Commander KM Arun Kumar commands the ship which is currently based at Kochi as part of First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy. The ship has a crew of 99 enrolled personnel and 11 officers and can train 24 officer cadets on board. Vikram-class offshore patrol vessels are series of nine watercraft jointly built by Mazagon Dock Limited Mumbai and Goa Shipyard Limited, Vasco da Gama, Goa for the Indian Coast Guard. The vessels in this class are 74 metres (243 ft) long with a beam of 11.4 metres (37 ft) and are armed with a Mantra Defense Lynx optronic-directed 40mm 60 cal Bofors Mk3 AA gun or dual 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun. They are powered by two SEMT-Pielstick 16 PA6 V280 diesel engines driving two propellers. The vessels are equipped with pollution control equipment, two firefighting monitors, a four-tonne crane. They also carry diving equipment, two RIB inspection crafts, a grp[clarification needed] launch, and a hangar for a light helicopter. The Vikram-class vessels have an air-conditioned accommodation for a crew of 11 officers and 85 enlisted sailors. A derivative of this has been exported to Mauritius as the MCGS Barracuda. Three Coast Guard ships - Vikram, Chandbibi and Ramadevi - were decommissioned on 20 January 2012 at a glittering ceremony held at the Coast Guard jetty after an impressive guard of honour culminated in the hauling down of the fleet's ensigns for the last time as the sun sank below the horizon. For the present and previous crew, it was an emotional moment as they bid adieu to ships that had been in service for 28 years. Towards the end of the ceremony, Commandant SK Singh of ICGS Vikram, Commandant (JG) BN Mahato of ICGS Ramadevi and Lt Commander Digvijay Singh of ICGS Chandbibi, the commanding officers of the vessels, formally delivered the final decommissioning report to Coast Guard commander (East), inspector general SP Sharma. Addressing the crew in the presence of Eastern Naval Command chief Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, Sharma highlighted the part these vessels had played in keeping the eastern coast safe, especially along the Orissa, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh coastlines. He revealed that as part of the Coast Guard's capacity-building programme, the eastern region was in the process of setting up four new stations and two new air enclaves besides inducting more than 20 ships and 10 aircraft in the next couple of years. The ICGS Vikram has the distinction of having served in all Indian Coast Guard Regions and two base ports since its commissioning in 1983. The vessel was the first Coast Guard ship to be deployed for pollution response in Indian waters and at foreign ports. It participated in the President's Fleet Review and was also deployed on Indian Peace Keeping Missions. ICGS Ramadevi was the sixth vessel of its class commissioned in 1985 and has the distinction of having apprehended in 2007 LTTE boat MV Ramajayam that was laden with heavy explosives. ICGS Chandbibi, commissioned in 1984, has responded to a number of search and rescue missions and given assistance to merchant and fishing vessels in distress. It has also besides played a key role in anti-poaching operations. The Coast Guard will on Friday commission Rani Abbakka, a new vessel which is the first in a series of five inshore patrolling vessels. Indian Coast Guard ship 'Varuna' was decommissioned with full armed forces honours 24 August 2017 after an illustrious service spanning about 30 years, in a traditional military ceremony held at the naval base. The ceremony was presided over by Inspector General K R Nautiyal, Commander, Coast Guard Region (West). Speaking at the function, Nautiyal highlighted the contributions made by the vessel in training future officers of Coast Guard and Indian Navy and commended the crew for the yeoman service they had put in. As is the tradition when a ship is decommissioned, the 'Decommissioning Pennant' which is equal to the length of the ship, was lowered. Ex-ICG ship Varuna that was gifted to Sri Lankan by India was re- christened as SURAKSHA & commissioned into Sri Lanka Coast Guard 21 October 2017 at a ceremony in Colombo Port. The event reaffirms the strong maritime cooperation that exists between both countries.

Name Pennant Number Builder Date of Launch Date of commission Date of Decommission Status Homeport ICGS Vikram 33 Mazagon Dock 29 Sep 1981 26 Dec 1983 19 Jan 2012 Decommissioned Vishakapatanam[2] ICGS Vijaya 34 12 Apr 1985 23 Jan 2012 Porbandar[3] ICGS Veera 35 30 Jun 1984 3 May 1986 20 May 2013 Tuticorin[4] ICGS Varuna / SLCGS Suraksha[5] 36 1 Feb 1984 27 Feb 1988 23 August 2017 (Transferred to SLCG)[6][7] Kochi[8] ICGS Vajra 37 31 Jan 1987 22 Dec 1988 21 February 2018[9] Paradip[10] ICGS Vivek 38 5 Nov 1987 19 Aug 1989 Sank on 23 March 2010 Visakhapatnam[11] ICGS Vigraha 39 1 Dec 1988 12 Apr 1990 16 May 2019[12] Paradip[13] ICGS Varad 40 Goa Shipyard 2 Sep 1989 19 Jul 1990 29 April 2017[14] Port Blair[15] ICGS Varaha 41 11 Mar 1992 Transferred to Sri Lanka Chennai[1 Builders: Mazagon Dock Limited and Goa Shipyard Limited Operators: Indian Coast Guard Sri Lanka Navy Sri Lanka Coast Guard Succeeded by: Samar class Completed: 9 Active: 2 Lost: 1 Retired: 6 General characteristics Displacement: 1180 tonnes[1] Length: 74.10 m (243.1 ft) Beam: 11.4 m (37 ft) Draught: 3.2 m (10 ft) Installed power: 2 SEMT-Pielstick 16 PA6 V280 diesel engines(4707KW each) Propulsion: 2 propellers 12800 bhp Speed: 22 kn (41 km/h; 25 mph) Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph) Complement: 10 officers and 98 sailors Sensors and processing systems: Radar : BEL make-1*Decca 1226 nav;BEL make-1*Decca 1230 nav Armament: 1 x 30mm 2A42 2 x 12.7mm MG Aircraft carried: 1* HAL Chetak

ICGS Varuna

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