The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned an interceptor boat (ICGS C-422) at the Karaikal port. This will enhance the port’s shallow water operational capability along the South Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast. Speaker of the Puducherry Assembly V. Sabapathy commissioned ICGS C-422 with full military honours in the presence of Inspector-General S.P. Sharma, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East), Deputy Inspector-General S.C. Tyagi and Karaikal Station Commandant S.N.M. Patnaik.
Points to Note
- The interceptor boat is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and coordinated operations with sea and air units, sources said.
- ICGS C-422 is among the 36 interceptor boats being built for the Coast Guard.
- It has been designed and built indigenously by M/s. Larsen and Toubro Ltd.
- The 27.80-m-long boat can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. It is equipped with two diesel engines and will have an endurance of 500 nautical miles.
- It is fitted with state-of-the-art communication and navigational equipment. The boat will be based at Karaikal and have a complement of one officer and 11 ICGS personnel.
- Two fast patrol vessels, ICGS Rani Durgavati and ICGS Ameya, and two interceptor boats, C-428 and C-415, are already based at the Karaikal port.
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