PANAJI: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh alongside Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday commissioned Indian coast guard vessel, ICGS Saarthi at Goa Shipyard Limited, Vasco.

ICG ship Saarthi is the third of a series of six seaward patrol vessels that the coast guard had ordered. The first ship was conveyed on November 26, 2014.

The in-house-designed 105-meter warship will undertake maritime surveillance, search and rescue operations and pollution control operations.
The indigenous vessel is also capable of participating in external firefighting missions and will be deployed for ocean surveillance and for monitoring sea lanes of communication.

The warship is capable of cruising at a speed of 23 knots and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles. It has a complement of 14 officers and a light helicopter along with two fast interceptor boats.

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