The 30-m long Interceptor Boat to be based at Paradip
After re-basing its ship ‘Vajra’ at Paradip for enhancing maritime surveillance, Indian Coast Guard on Saturday commissioned ICGS C-425 which would boost the coastal security patrol capability in shallow water.
Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik commissioned the ship C-425, the third of the series of interceptor boats designed and built by Larsen and Toubro, Katupalli, at Paradip. Inspector General K.C. Pande, Commander Coast Guard Region (North- East) and Arabinda Padhee, Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central), were present at the ceremony marking commissioning of the ship.
“ICGS C-425 is a shallow draft vessel which can operate in low-dip water. The ship can be used for search and rescue operation, medical emergencies and as interceptor,” said Mr. Pande.
According to Coast Guard, the 30-metre long Interceptor Boat with 90 tonnes displacement can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots.
“The vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and medium range armament. It is designed for high speed interception, close-coast patrol, low-intensity maritime operations, search & rescue and maritime surveillance,” it said.
The Interceptor Boat C-425 will be based at Paradip under the Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard District Headquarters No 7. The IB is commanded by Deputy Commandant Vijay Vishwanathan and has a crew of one officer and 11 enrolled personnel.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Patnaik said, “the State government is providing all assistance for boosting infrastructure of Coast Guard.”
Commissioning of C-425 would strengthen coastal security of port city of Paradip where economic activities were growing, said Gouri Prasad Biswal, Deputy Conservator of Paradip Port Trust.
Recently, Coast Guard rebased ICGS ‘Vajra’ at Paradip Port for enhancing maritime surveillance in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) adjoining to coast of Odisha and West Bengal. Prior to that its Air Enclave was inaugurated inBhubaneswar.