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Interceptor boat joins Coast Guard fleet at Porbandar

Indian Coast Guard will commission the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) C-153 at an impressive ceremony at Porbandar recently, unveiled by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Director General.

The ICGS C-153 is the 11th and the last in the series of 11 Interceptor Boats (IBs) built by M/s ABG Shipyard, Surat. C-153, on commissioning will be based at Veraval. With the induction of C-153, the security of the coast of Gujarat will be greatly enhanced, said a statement.

This boat is of 30 Mtrs in length and of 90 Ton displacement. C-153, commanded by Comdt LM Gajbhiye has 11 crew onboard. This water jet propelled vessel has an endurance of 500 NM at 25 knots and are capable of doing high speed up to 45 knots. The vessel is fitted with latest state-of-the-art navigation, communication equipment and armament, thus making it an ideal platform for close coast/shallow water operations.

The Government has sanctioned necessary funds to the Coast Guard for new acquisitions. All pending cases of acquisitions are being cleared by the Central Government on a fast track for protecting our Nation from the threat emanating from the seas. Also, with the establishment of all sanctioned stations, ICG will have 42 stations and 15 Air units functioning at various strategic locations along the coastline.

Also, the project of establishment of a Chain of Static Radars along the Indian coastline has been very recently contracted. The aim of setting up of this chain is to create fully integrated infrastructure to achieve real time monitoring and surveillance of coastal area from remote locations. The data would be shared at different levels with all maritime security agencies for quick and effective response to the developing situations at sea.

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