What is the News?
Director-General of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned the indigenously built Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sarthak’ at a ceremony held in Goa.
What is ICGS Sarthak?
ICGS Sarthak is an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel(OPV) by the Goa Shipyard Limited.
Note: Offshore patrol vessels(OPVs) are patrolling vehicles that are deployed by Indian coast guards to patrol the maritime boundary of India.
What are the key features of ICGS Sarthak?
Firstly, the vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, machinery, sensors and weapons which enable it to undertake duties such as search and rescue, combating maritime crimes and preserving & protecting the marine environment.
Secondly, it is capable of carrying a twin-engine helicopter, four high-speed boats and one inflatable boat for swift boarding and Search & Rescue operations.
Thirdly, it is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution response at sea.
Where will ICGS Sarthak be deployed?
The vessel will be based at Porbandar (Gujarat) and operate on India’s Western Seaboard.
It will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance, Coastal Security and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter of duties, to safeguard the maritime interests of the Nation.
Source: This post is based on the article “Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sarthak’ dedicated to the Nation” published in PIB on 28th October 2021.