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Training Ship ICGS Varuna Launched By Indian Coast Guard

Training Ship ICGS Varuna Launched By Indian Coast Guard
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Training Ship ICGS Varuna Launched By Indian Coast Guard

The ship has the capacity to carry more than 240 personnel at a time.

The Indian Coast Guard launched the indigenously-designed vessel ICGS Varuna in Pipavav on Wednesday. The vessel has been built by Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited (RNEL).

The 105-m long training ship is the largest vessel that has been built by the private sector for defence at a cost of over Rs 200 crore. The ship has a capacity to carry more than 240 personnel at a time.

The 3,000 tonne training ship is expected to be delivered to the Indian Coast Guard in May next year after the trials are completed.

The vessel was launched in the presence of Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh, and senior officers at the Pipavav Shipyard in Amreli district of Gujarat.

The ICGS Varuna has been powered by twin diesel engines and can reach speeds of 20 knots. Moreover, the vessel has also been equipped with ultra-modern navigation and communication systems.

The Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited will construct 20 ships belonging to three different categories for the defence and security of Indian coastal regions.  Apart from the training ships, these will include five offshore vessels that will patrol the coast and over 10 fast patrolling ships.

(Read – How The Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) Will Help Indian Navy)

Indian Coast Guard: Role & History

Established in 1077, the Indian Coast Guard protects the country’s oceans and maritime interests in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) including oil, fish, and minerals.

It also provides assistance to mariners in distress and works to prevent poaching and smuggling. Its role includes providing back-up assistance to the Indian Navy during times of war.

The Coast Guard has been at the forefront of rescue and relief operations during natural disasters like cyclones.

It is headed by a Director General and the headquarters is based in Delhi. At the operational level, it is functions under the Western Sea Board and Eastern Sea Board commands.

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