Indian Coast Guard hired two ships named Apoorva & C-421 [ Current Affairs ]

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About Indian Coast Guard: The Indian Coast Guard shortly called as ICG protects India’s naval securities and administers naval law. It was legally established on 18th August 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India as an independent armed force of India.

It fulfils its responsibility with authority over the regional waters of India including its neighboring zone and private commercial zone.

It works under the Ministry of Defence.

The Coast Guard works in close cooperation with

  • The Indian Navy
  • The Department of Fisheries
  • The Department of Revenue
  • Central and State police forces

About hiring of two new ships:

  • Indian Coast Guard has hired two new ships named Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Apoorva and Interceptor Boat C - 421.
  • These ships were hired by Vice Admiral SPS Cheema who is Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Western Naval Command off the naval shipyard in Mumbai of Maharashtra.

About Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Apoorva:

  • It is the 14th fast patrol vessel in a series of 20.
  • Its length is 50 - metre and it can reach to speed of 33 knots and also can transfers 317 tonnes.
  • This ship was designed and made by Cochin Shipyard Ltd of Surat, Gujarat.
  • It will assume various naval operations such as close - coast investigation, search and salvage, prohibition, medical clearing and other operations.

About Interceptor Boat C - 421:

  • It is 27th in the series of interceptor boats of Indian Coast Guard.
  • It had been designed and made by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Limited.
  • It is water jet driven container and it can reach a maximum speed of 45 Knots.
  • It is designed for close coast and surface water operations and equipped with medium range weapons.

- Published on: September 23, 2015