Visakhapatnam: Inshore Patrol vessel (IPV) ICGS Rani Durga-vati has been inducted into Indian Coast Guard at a commissioning ceremony on Monday in the presence of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) commander-in-chief Vice-Admiral Satish Soni, Commander Coast Guard region (East), inspector general S.P. Sharma and Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) chairman and managing director (CMD) N.K. Mishra at the coast guard jetty.
The 51-meter inshore patrol vessel, the third of its class has been designed and built indigenously by Hindus-tan Shipyard Limited (HSL). The ship is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment. The ship is named after Rani Durgavati who was the Gond queen. She was the wife of Daalpat Shah and was famous for defeating the army of Baz Bahadur and bravely fighting against the Mughal army.
Vice-Admiral Soni said that after 26/11, coastal security has undergone many sea changes and the Indian Navy started seeing coastal security from a new prism. “These kind of vessels will add to the strength of the Indian Coast Guard. To maintain coastal security, coast guard, fisheries deparment, local police, marine police, ports and customs are all equally important.
Both, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and the HSL had come a long way since decades as the city had grown. ENC is the largest command and the only command that operates nuclear assets. In future many more ships and aircraft join the coastal security force Indian Coast Guard,” said Vice-Admiral Soni. HSL CMD Mishra said that the most exciting moment was on the first day of June this year when Rani Durgavati sailed out.
“She was majestic. We tested her to limits and she has done us proud by outperforming Rani Abbakka and Avantibai. Rani Durgavati is technically a more advanced vessel. Has a much better Bridge than her sister ships and also better than other ships of similar class built by other shipyards. Her capabilities are more than impressive and the Captain has confided in me that she is easily manoeuvrable and has great sea-keeping abilities. What more, we have done our best to make the ship comfortable with improved habitability,” Mr Mishra said.
Commander Coast Guard region (East) inspector general S.P. Sharma congratulated the Hindusthan Ship Yard’s managing director and the yard’s workers for constructing the vessel....
Location: Andhra Pradesh