Kolkata: The fifth fast patrol vessel (FPV), also the last of the series of the class being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched on Saturday.
It has been named Kanaklata Barua at a ceremony by Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of secy (defence production) Ajay Kumar at Rajabagan Dockyard Unit of the state-run defence shipyard. Apart from Mr Kumar, Commander Coast Guard Region (North East) inspector general Rajan Bargotra, GRSE chairman and managing director Rear Admiral V.K. Saxena were present among others.
The first ship of this class, ICGS Priyadarshini has been commissioned on 27 March this year. The entire design of the ship has been done by GRSE as per ICG requirement. The ship, 50 metres long and 7.5 metres wide with a displacement of 308 tonnes, is designed for maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1500 nautical mile at cruising speed of 12-16 knots.