New Delhi: Union Defense minister Rajnath Singh will commission the indigenously-built Indian Coast Guard ship Vigraha in Chennai on 28 August. It will be based in Visakhapatnam and operate on the eastern seaboard under the operational and administrative control of the commander, Coast Guard Region (East).

ICGS Vigraha is seventh in the series of offshore patrol vessels. It is fitted with advanced firepower and is designed to carry one twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats.

The 98-meter OPV, with a complement of 11 officers and 110 sailors, has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro Ship Building Limited. It is fitted with advanced technology radars, navigation and communication equipment, sensors, and machinery capable of operating in tropical sea conditions. The vessel is armed with a 40/60 Bofors gun and fitted with two 12.7 mm stabilized remote control gun with fire control system.

The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea. It displaces approximately 2,200 tons and is propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 26 nautical miles per hour with endurance of 5,000 nm at economical speed.

The ship, on joining the Coast Guard Eastern fleet, will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard Charter to safeguard the country's maritime interests. The ICG, with this ship joining the fleet, will have 157 ships and 66 aircraft in its inventory.

The commissioning ceremony will also be attended by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K Stalin, Chief of Army Staff General M.M Naravane, director general of Indian Coast Guard K. Natarajan, and other senior dignitaries of the Central and state governments.

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