Mumbai: At an impressive ceremony on June 7th Thursaday at Mumbai, Indian Coast Guard Ship C 439 was commissioned by ADG K Natrajan, PTM, TM Coast Guard Commander Western Seaboard in presence of Inspector General VD Chafekar, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (West). The ceremony was attended by senior dignitaries from Central , State Govt, Armed Forces and the media.
ICGS C 439 is designed by the L&T Marine & Ship Design Division, an in-house facility of Larsen & Toubro Limited. The ship is 27.4 metres long with 136 tonnes displacement and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The interceptor boat has full aluminium-alloy hull for reduced weight and is powered by twin water-jet propulsion systems to enable quick response. The vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and medium-range armament.
The vessel’s crew consists of one officer and eleven personnel and are designed to perform coastal surveillance, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations in close coast low intensity maritime operations.
ADG K Natrajan, PTM, TM Coast Guard Commander Western Seaboard while addressing the gathering said “The role of the Coast Guard is becoming crucial day by day because of recent strategic developments in our adjacent countries. With the upcoming Sagarmala project of the Govt of India, the responsibility of the service towards safeguarding coastal frontiers will become pivotal in the coming years.”
ICGS C 439 will operate under the Operational & Administrative Control of the Commander, Coast Guard District Headquarters No.2 (Maharashtra), Mumbai and will further enhance the Operational Capabilities to undertake multifarious tasks such as Surveillance, Interdiction, Search & Rescue and Medical Evacuations of the region.
ICGS C 439 has a complement of 01 Officer and 12 men and is commanded by Assistant Commandant Sonam Pradhan.