Commissioning of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)
Indian Coast Guard Ship "Sarathi", third ship in the series of six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) was commissioned at Goa by Mr Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Home Minister of India on September 9, 2016 in the presence of Defence Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar and Director General Rajendra Singh, Director General Indian Coast Guard, CMD Goa Shipyard Limited Rear Admiral Shekhar Mittal (Retd) and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Government. 'Sarathi' meaning 'Charioteer' is a projection of Indian Coast Guard's will and commitment "to serve and protect" the maritime interest of the nation.
This 105 meters OPV designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd, is fitted with most advanced state-of-the-art technology navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. The ship is designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea. The ship is capable of attaining a maximum speed of 26 Knots and has an endurance of 6000 NM at economical speed. The ship is based at Kochi and will subsequently form part of the Naval Training Squadron.
Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a Fleet of 123 ships and boats. Further, 68 Ships/boats are at various stages of construction at different Indian shipyards. The commissioning of this vessel and other platforms will add additional prowess to the Indian Coast Guard which will emerge as stronger and more potent force to address the emerging security challenges in maritime zones of India.
ICGS Sarathi is commanded by Commandant Atul Joshi and manned by 14 officers & 98 men. The ship will be under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West).
The commissioning of ICGS Sarathi will enhance the Indian Coast Guard's operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. With the increased threat from sea borne terrorism, the induction of a sophisticated and state-of-the-art OPV will give a fillip to the maritime security of our vast coastline and in particular the maritime state of Kerala and island territories of Lakshadweep & Minicoy.
- Comdt VK Vijay Kumar