The Indian Coast Guard commissioned the fourth ship named 'Shaunak', in the series of six offshore patrol vessels (OPV).
The Indian Coast Guard commissioned the fourth ship named ‘Shaunak’, in the series of six offshore patrol vessels (OPV). ‘Shaunak’ was commissioned in Vasco, located in South Goa. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu commissioned the ship. Also present on the occasion were senior Indian Coast Guard officials, including Director General (DG) Rajendra Singh. In a statement to PTI, a Coast Guard spokesperson said, “The 105-metre-long OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with the state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.”
The Shaunak, which is the such fourth ship available to the Coast Guard, has the following features: It has 30mm CRN (Close Range Naval) naval gun, integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high power external fire fighting system.
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The ship is designed keeping the most innovative technological inputs in mind. It can carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high speed boats. It also includes two quick reaction inflatable boats for carrying out swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. According to the Coast Guard spokesperson, the ship can also carry pollution response equipment to control oil spills in the sea.
Shaunak, on joining the coast guard fleet will be stationed at Vishakhapatnam and will be used extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance and other duties, as enclosed in Coast Guard charter to safeguard the maritime interest zones of India.