Rajshree-class inshore patrol vessel

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Class overview
Name: Rajshree class inshore patrol vessels
Builders: Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata, India
Operators: India Indian Coast Guard
Built: 2010-2013
In commission: 2012-present
Building: 0
Planned: 8
Completed: 8
Active: 8
General characteristics
Displacement: 300 long tons (305 t)
Length: 48 m (157 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 3 × MTU 4000 engines
2,720 bhp (2,028 kW)
water jet propulsion
Speed: 31.5 knots (58.3 km/h; 36.2 mph)
Range: 1,600 nmi (3,000 km; 1,800 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 35
Armament: 1 × 30 mm (1.2 in) CRN 91 Naval Gun

The Rajshree class inshore patrol vessels are a series of eight ships being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata for the Indian Coast Guard.

Design[edit]

The Rajshree class have displacement of 300 tons and are 48 metres (157 ft) in length. They are fitted with an integrated bridge system (IBS), integrated machine control system (IMCS). The vessels are powered by three MTU 16V4000M90 series engines capable of generating 2,720 BHP at 2100 rpm each to propel the vessel at a speed of 31.5 knots using three 71S2 Rolls Royce Kamewa water jet propulsion. At economical speed of 16 knots, they have a range of 1,600 nautical miles. The vessels also generates 320 kW of electric power to feed a wide array of on-board sensors and equipment. The vessels are also fitted with various terrestrial and satellite based communication systems including a Fleet-500 satellite communication system.

The ships are equipped with a 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, which is gyro-stabilized with an electro-optical fire control system. They can undertake day and night patrolling for anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and fisheries monitoring in shallow waters. They also carry on board a high-speed fibre-reinforced plastic boat, two Gemini boats and one water scooter for search and rescue operations. They have fully air conditioned and modular accommodation for 5 officers and 30 sailors.

Ships in class[edit]

The first vessel in the series ICGS Rajshree was commissioned by Director General Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan at GRSE Jetty on February 15, 2012.[1] Firstly commanded by Commandant Pankaj Verma, an alumnus of the prestigious US Naval War College, Newport. The ship is named after an old Seaward class defense boat (SDB) of the Indian Navy INS Rajshree that served from 1983 to 2006.

The second ship, ICGS Rajtarang, was commissioned at Chennai on May 19, 2012,[2] and the third, ICGS Rajkiran, on August 29, 2012, at Visakhapatnam.[3]

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned
ICGS Rajshree 27 September 2010 21 March 2011 15 February 2012
ICGS Rajtarang - 21 March 2011 19 May 2012
ICGS Rajkiran March 2011 30 September 2011[4] 29 August 2012
ICGS Rajkamal March 2011 30 September 2011 8 January 2013
ICGS Rajratan March 2011 30 September 2011 11 February 2013
ICGS Rajdoot 24 January 2012 6 August 2012[5] April 22, 2013
ICGS Rajveer 24 January 2012 6 August 2012 9 August 2013[6]
ICGS Rajdhwaj 24 January 2012 29 January 2013 12 December 2013[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rajshree Class Inshore Patrol Vessel Commissioned Into Indian Coast Guard". defencenow.com. 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "ICGS Rajtarang commissioned in Chennai". newstrackindia.com. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Coast Guard inducts inshore patrol ship". newstrackindia.com. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "GRSE launches three ships". Times of India. October 1, 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "GRSE launches two patrol vessels for Coast Guard". newstrackindia.com. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Patrol vessel Rajveer to join Coast Guard tomorrow". The Economic Times. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Commissioning of Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV)ICGS Rajdhwaj" (Press release). Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Defence. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.