Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel

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Class overview
Name: Samarth class
Builders: Goa Shipyard, Vasco da Gama, Goa
Operators: Indian Coast Guard, Sri Lanka Navy
Preceded by: Vishwast class
Built: 2012–present
In commission: 2015–
Building: 2
Planned: 6 + 5 [1]
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 2,450 t (2,410 long tons; 2,700 short tons)[2]
Length: 105 m (344 ft 6 in)
Beam: 13.6 m (44 ft 7 in)
Draught: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in)
Installed power: 2 × 20-PA6B-STC engines (9,100 kW (12,200 hp))
Propulsion: 2 x controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance: 20 days
Complement: 18 officers & 108 sailors
Armament:

The Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel are a series of six offshore patrol vessels (OPV) being built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard. They are an improvement over the earlier Vishwast-class OPV's.[3]

History[edit]

Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the Indian Government initiated a program to triple the Indian Coast Guard force, assets and infrastructure.[4] Thereafter in accordance with it a 'request for information' for acquisition of six OPVs was issued by the Ministry of Defence on 1 April 2010.[5] After technical evaluation and commercial bids a contract worth $400 million or Rs. 1800 crore was signed with GSL on 9 May 2012 to build six vessels.[4]

On 14 May 2012 GSL did the first steel cutting in its shipyard,[6] and the keel-laying ceremony of the first of the new class of offshore patrol vessels was held at Vasco da Gama on 28 September 2012.[7][8] The second and third vessels were laid down 28 January and 11 October 2013, and the fourth on 9 January 2014.[9] The first vessel was commissioned on 10 November 2015 and all six will be commissioned by the end of 2017.[10] In August 2016, a follow-on consisting of 5 patrol vessels was place for INR 20 billion.[11]

Specification[edit]

The class is 105 metres (344 ft 6 in) long with a displacement of 2,350 tonnes. Features include Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System. They are designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two Palfinger [12] QRIBs for fast boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The class is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to combat oil spill contamination at sea.[13]

Ships[edit]

Operator Yard Number Name Pennant/Hull Number Keel laid Launched Commissioned Home Port
Flight I
 India 1218 ICGS Samarath 11 28 September 2012[14] 26 November 2014 10 November 2015[15] Goa
1219 ICGS Shoor 12 28 January 2013[14] 21 March 2015[16] 11 April 2016[17][18] Manglore
1220 ICGS Sarathi 13 11 October 2013[14] 24 April 2015 9 September 2016[19][20] Kochi[21]
1221 ICGS Shaunak[22] 14 9 January 2014[14] 28 November 2015[23][24] 21 February 2017[25] Vizag
1222 ICGS Shaurya 22 July 2014[14] 5 May 2016[26]
1223 ICGS Sujay 8 June 2015[27] 30 November 2016[28]
 Sri Lanka SLNS Sayural P623 10 September 2014[29] 11 June 2016
SLNS Sindurala[30] P624 2 May 2017[31]
Flight II
 India 20 March 2017[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ "Indian Coast Guard ship 'Shaurya' kisses water for the first time at Goa Shipyard - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
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  29. ^ "Offshore Patrol Vessel built for SL Navy launched". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  30. ^ "Re-docking of Navy's second Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel". www.defence.lk. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
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