It is the 18th vessel in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels under construction for the Indian Coast Guard.
The Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance was signed between Suresh Babu NV, Director (Operations), CSL and Commanding Officer (Designate) of the vessel Cmdt Neeraj Singh in the presence of senior officials of ICG and CSL.
The vessel will be operated from the Coast Guard Station at Kochi, a CSL release said here.
“These vessels help in securing the Nation’s Coasts by patrolling within the Exclusive Economic Zone and Coastal Patrol, carrying out anti-smuggling, anti-piracy and search and rescue operations, and for fisheries protection and monitoring,” it said.
They also have a secondary role of providing a communication link, and escort coastal convoys, in times of hostilities and war, it said.
The CSL said this financial year, it has delivered seven Fast patrol Vessels to the Indian Coast Guard and a Buoy Tender Vessel to Dept of Lighthouses and Lightships.