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The 6th Coast Guard OPV-6:“VAJRA” launched in Chennai

The 6th Coast Guard OPV-6:“VAJRA” launched in Chennai

On 27 February the 6th Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV-6) 'VAJRA' was launched at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Union Minister of State for Shipping(I/C) and  Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya was the chief guest of the launching ceremony.

Key Points:

  • The  6th OPV is launched in the sea for the first time which will also strengthen the efforts Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for securing over 7500 km vast coastline, an exclusive economic zone of over 20 lakh sq km and more than 1 lakh merchant ships transiting per year through Indian waters for global trade.
  • The OPV launched is the 6th in the series of seven OPV projects being built by M/s L&T Shipbuilding under the ‘Make in India’ policy.
  • This 6th OPV will enhance the Operation, Surveillance, Search & Rescue of ICG.
  • The ship will be used for day and night patrol or surveillance along with anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling operations in EEZ and Coastal Security. 
  • The OPV is equipped with two Navigation Radars with ultra-modern technology, Sophisticated navigational, and also the latest communication systems.

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