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Inland patrol vessel for coast guard launched at GRSE

Posted on Jan 30, 09:21AM | UNI

Kolkata, Jan 29 : The last in the series of the eight water-jet propelled Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV) built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched at GRSE's Rajabagan Dockyard here today

Conforming to maritime traditions of a ship launched by Jaishree Pande, wife of Commander Coast Guard K C Pande (North East), 'Rajdhwaj' (meaning 'Royal Colours'), the proposed name of the ship, was launched

Also present at the launch were GRSE CMD Rear Admiral AK Verma, IG KC Pande and other senior ICG, GRSE officials and ship building workers

The ship will be fitted out at Rajabagan Dockyard and delivered to ICG after trials. These ships are an improved version of Fast Attack Craft earlier built by GRSE for Indian Navy, with an efficient hull form developed in-house after extensive model testing to achieve speed in excess of 34 knots

All previous seven IPVs were also launched by GRSE from the same yard. By adopting integrated construction technology, GRSE has been successful in reducing the build period of all ships

The keel of 'Rajdhwaj' was laid on January 24, last year

This series of IPV has opened a new vista for production line at GRSE with marked departure from earlier series so far as reduction in build period is concerned

The outfit is fully geared up to meet the demand of this type of ships from Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard with an approximate build period of 14 to 17 months