Indian Coast Guard Commissions ICGS Varaha

The Defence Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh commissioned the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Varaha at Chennai on 25 Sep 2019. The Varaha is the fourth ship of the Vikram Class built by privately held Indian shipyard L&T Shipbuilding. A total class of seven ships is on order.

The Varaha displaces 2140 tons. She is 98 m long and has a beam of 15 m and draught of 3.6 m allowing it to operate in coastal areas as well as the open sea. The ship is powered by two 9,100 KW diesel engines which give it a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h). The ship has a maximum range of 5,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 to 14 knots. It is capable of carrying a twin engine Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).

The ship is armed with one 30 mm CRN 91 Naval gun which can fire between 200 to 550 30 mm rounds per minute up to a distance of 4,000 m. It is also armed with two 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Guns. The ingenuously designed and built ship has high level of automation limiting the crew to 14 officers and 89 men. She has been installed with Integrated Bridge Management System, Automated Power Management System, Integrated Platform Management System and Help Traversing System. Varaha has a high power external firefighting system installed onboard to meet exigencies like fighting fire on merchant ships and offshore oil platforms.

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