Indian Coast Guard commissioned ICGS C-445 in their fleet at Porbandar. This is the Seventh Interceptor Boat in the series of 18 IB project, being built by M/s L&T Ship building Ltd, Hazira.
The vessel is more than 27 mtrs in length and has a load carrying capacity of about 106 tons. Capable of achieving a throttle speed of 45 knots, it is capable of chasing even in shallow waters with its jet propulsion. The boat is also fitted with advanced navigational and communication equipment increasing it’s reach deep into the sea.
This vessel will also be entrusted with surveillance, maritime interdiction, search and rescue and shall concurrently respond to rendering assistance to boats reporting distress.
Dr JN Singh, IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt of Gujarat was the Chief Guest in the commissioning ceremony. Rear Admiral Sanjay Roye, Flag Officer Commanding Gujarat Naval Area, other senior officers of Indian Coast Guard, dignitaries from L&T Shipyard, Uniformed personnel and distinguished guests from Central and State government agencies were also present on the occasion.