Commissioning of Offshore Patro Vessel ICGS Sujeet
Indian Coast Guard Ship Sujeet, the second in the series of 05 Off Shore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), was commissioned at Goa by Shri Raj Kumar, IAS Secretary (Defence Production) on 15 Dec 2020 in the presence of DG Krishnaswamy Natarajan, PTM, TM, Director General Indian Coast Guard, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), M/s GSL and other dignitaries of the Armed Forces, Central and State Government.
The Ship has been designed & built indigenously by M/s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery. The 105 m ship displaces approx 2350 tons and is propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots, with an endurance of 6000 nm.
The sustenance and reach, coupled with the latest equipment and system, provides her the capability to perform the role of a command platform and undertake tasks to fulfill the Coast Guard charter. The ship is designed to carry twin-engine helicopter and fourhigh speed boats and one inflatable boat for swift boarding and Search &Rescue operations. The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution response at sea.
‘Sujeet’ meaning ‘Great Victory’ is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment and define its character of being ‘Ready Relevant and Responsive’ service to ensure safeguarding maritime interest of the nation. ICGS Sujeet is commanded by Deputy Inspector General Harinder Jit Singh and manned by 121 personnel, including 12 officers.
Indian Coast Guard has been a pioneer in inducting indigenous assets, in line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of “Make in India”, which has enabled it to remain operationally available throughout the year and provide the necessary fillip to the Indian shipbuilding industry.
The ships, on joining the Coast Guard fleet, will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance, Coastal Security and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter of duties, to safeguard the maritime interests of the Nation. With the commissioning of these ships, Indian Coast Guard has reached a landmark 155 ships & Boats and 62 aircraft. Further, 35 ships are at various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyards and 16 Advanced Light Helicopters are under production at M/s HAL, Bengaluru, which will provide the added strength to the surveillance capabilities of ICG to deal with the ever-dynamic maritime challenges.
True to its motto “Vayam Rakshamah” meaning “We Protect”, ICG has to its credit of saving about 125lives and undertook 10 Medical evacuations at sea, in the year 2020 alone despite unprecedented times due to COVID pandemic. The deterrence created by the ICG assets, deployed 24x7x365 days at sea,is not limited to the Indian waters. Collaboration with friendly littoral Nations as per provisions of bilateral cooperation agreements resulted in successful apprehension of drugs in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The real time information sharing, close coordination and understanding between ICG and other Int agencies has been the key success of these operations. The hawk eye vigil by the ICG of the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) has ensured seizure of around 1100 Crore contraband including recent apprehension of a Boat ShenayaDuwa carrying 100 kgs narcotics and weapons.
This year ICG also apprehended 08 foreign fishing vessels with 71 miscreants for fishing illegally in Indian waters. In addition ICG was prompt in responding and providing support in terms of deploying specialised team and pollution response equipment to Mauritius Government during a major oil spill from a Merchant vessel M V Wakashio, in addition to undertake a daredevil firefighting operation onboard a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Motor Tanker New Diamond carrying 2.7 lakh Tonnes of crude off Sri Lanka coast, thus averting ecological catastrophe and saving marine bio-diversity. ICG always remains committed to ensure ‘Safe, Secure and Clean seas’ around the Indian subcontinent.