Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) today handed over an Offshore Patrol Vessel built at a cost of $58.50 million to Mauritius. The vessel has been named “Barracuda” by the Government of Mauritius. This, being the first ever export of a warship by India, is a momentous occasion for our country towards achieving its goal of self reliance as well as export of defence equipment.

During the handing over ceremony, the Commanding Officer designate of the ship, Commander Rajneesh Dalal took over the ship from Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE, Kolkata.

The Vessel measuring 74.10 mtr in length, 11.40 mtr in breadth, is capable of moving at a maximum speed of 22 knots with an approximate displacement of 1350 tons. The ship has been fitted with state-of-the-art Main Engines, Controls and Integrated Bridge System catering to all needs of communication and navigation. The crew strength is 83.

The ship is provided with a Helicopter Landing Deck with all support systems to facilitate Helicopter Operations. It is capable of operating in rough seas.

The ship carries one Landing Craft for Vehicle Personnel (LCVP), which can move 24 armed troops for landing in remote island territories. The LCVP is also designed to carry a Troop Carrier Vehicle.

Speaking on the occasion, Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Defence lauded GRSE for executing the firstever warship export order from India within the contracted delivery period. This would pave the way for more such orders to India from the friendly countries, said he.

Dr. Arya Kumar Jagessur, Mauritius High Commissioner in Delhi thanked India for all assistance in procuring the ship to be used by Mauritius National Coast Guard.