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Inshore patrol vessel for coast guard commissioned

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 15, IRNA -- Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajshree first of 8 inshore patrol vessels equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry, advanced communication and navigational equipment was Wednesday commissioned by Coast Guard Director General Vice-Admiral M P Muralidharan.

The 50m indigenous vessel built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers here displacing 300 ton with an endurance of 1,500 nautical miles at an economical speed of 16 knots can achieve a maximum of 34 knots.

It makes the vessel an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation.

'There is a need for continuous vigil along the nation's maritime frontiers to preserve and protect our maritime interests,' pti reported quoting Muralidharan as said in Kolkata, after commissioning the IPV.

He said that several far-reaching initiatives towards augmentation of manpower and force levels were underway to provide requisite fillip to the Coast Guard's capabilities.

Commander, Coast Guard region (East) Inspector General S P Sharma and senior dignitaries were present at the commissioning.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30820351

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