ICGS Vijit joins Coast Guard flotilla in isles

Port Blair
31 Aug 2018

Understanding the enhanced safety and security requirements of these pristine islands, the Indian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters, Andaman & Nicobar has enhanced its surface capabilities by inducting ICGS Vijit in its fleet on Friday. This is the second ship of its class based at Port Blair and will augment the maritime Search and Rescue, Marine pollution response and Maritime law enforcement operations in the Islands. Addressing the function, Mr Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar administration congratulated the ICG and welcomed the ship and it’s crew to the Coast Guard fleet at A&N Region. He expressed his confidence that the addition of ICGS Vijit to ICG fleet will contribute to the safety and security of the waters around the islands and continue to create a more favourable environment for development of fisheries, marine tourism and other maritime economic activities bringing prosperity to the islands.
The ceremony was hosted by the Insp General Maneesh Vishal Pathak, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) and attended by Shri. Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, The Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar administration along with various dignitaries from the UT Administration including print & electronic media. Built at Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), the vessel has a surveillance capability for 28 days, providing it an endurance range of 4500 NM and 26 Knots of max designed speed. Additionally, the ship is capable of operating an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) from its deck in addition to Chetak helicopter.This will upgrade the role worthiness of the ship during SAR and Marine Pollution Response operations in the times to come. The augmentation of Coast Guard surface assets will surely enhance the reach and efficiency of Coast Guard in undertaking array of assignments, which Coast Guard is responsible for within maritime zones associated with A&N islands. The Indian Coast Guard Region (A&N) has earned laurels for it’s swift and optimally calibrated response to numerous challenges in past. The Coast Guard in collaboration with A&N Administration is taking it as a challenge to develop support infrastructure and logistic support for new assets, for their optimal utilisation and swift deployment even to remotest corners of A&N.