Who: India’s Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ‘Samarth’
Where: Vasco in Goa
What: Commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
When: 10 November 2015
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 10 November 2015 commissioned the India Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), ‘Samarth’ at Vasco in Goa. It is Coast Guard’s largest OPV.
The Ship built by Goa Shipyard limited is the first in the series of six off Shore Patrol vessels. The 105m OPV is fitted with most advance technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. It has a maximum speed of 23 knots and has an endurance of 6000 nautical miles at economical speed.
Samarth that will be based in Goa is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain any oil spill at sea. The vessel will also carry one twin-engine helicopter and five high-speed boats.
The OPV will be extensively used for Exclusive Economic Zone and other duties as it is set to be exploited extensively on the Western Seaboard.
The induction of a sophisticated and state of the art Offshore Patrol vessel will provide the desired fillip to the maritime protection of the coastal state of Goa in particular and the India coast in general.