The Union Defence Secretary, Giridhar Aramane, performed a significant action by marking the start of construction for four Fast Patrol vessels (FPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard on August 25. This information comes from sources within the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV), which has been designed by the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), is a medium-sized surface ship armed with weapons. It has a length of 51.43 meters and a width of eight meters. The ship is powered by two engines and can reach a top speed of 27 knots. Despite weighing around 320 tons, the vessel is capable of operating effectively even in rough sea conditions. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) provided this information on Friday.
These vessels, intended for use by the Indian Coast Guard, have been created using GSL’s own design. They will be equipped with the latest and most advanced machinery and computerized control systems, making them the most advanced FPVs used by the Indian Coast Guard, as stated by an official from the Ministry of Defence.
During the event, the Union Defence Secretary praised GSL for achieving this significant milestone. He particularly appreciated the level of indigenization achieved in collaboration with the Indian industry. He highlighted the importance of nurturing and developing the shipbuilding industry in India, which has a rich history. Pointing out the major achievements of the Goa Shipyard Limited, he noted that the industry is becoming more competitive. He urged GSL to enhance its efficiency and competitiveness in order to stay at the forefront.
Rakesh Pal, the Director General of the Coast Guard (DGCG), congratulated the Chairman and Managing Director, as well as the officers and workers of GSL, for their dedicated efforts. He expressed confidence that GSL will continue to pursue excellence and achieve even greater heights in the future.
During the same event, Union Defence Secretary Aramane also inaugurated the GSL Integrated Stores Complex. Notable individuals present at the occasion included Prakash Pal, the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, Brajesh Kumar Upadhyay, the Chairman and Managing Director of GSL, and other officials from the Indian Coast Guard.