Coastal security in the Eastern region receives a boost after the Indian Coast Guard commissioned an indigenously built ship into service in Kolkata on Thursday.
Anmol, a 50-metre-long Fast Patrol Vessel, which can gain a speed of 33-35 knots an hour, will carry out surveillance along the coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha.
The ship has been designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational systems and is an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation. The ship which will be based at Haldia will patrol in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Sunderbans, coastal area and conduct anti smuggling and anti-piracy and rescue operations.
Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, while formally inducting the ship at Kidderpore, said, “The new ship will help the Indian Coast Guard in maintaining surveillance in the area. The coastal lines are vulnerable. I express my thanks to Cochin Shipyard Ltd for delivering it ahead of schedule.”
KR Nautiyal, Inspector General, Coast Guard, North East Region, after the function, said, “The ship is fitted with 40-60 Bofors and heavy and light machine guns. Eighty-six surface vessels, 39 other vessels and 36 aircraft will soon be commissioned into service. Indian Coast Guard ship Anmol is the 13th ship in the class built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd.”
The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art systems.