Griffon-GRSE 8000 TD-Class Hovercraft

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Griffon/GRSE 8000 TD class is a series of hovercraft designed by M/s Griffon Hovercraft Ltd, Southampton, England and jointly built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata and Griffon for the Indian Coast Guard.

Griffon-GRSE 8000 TD-class Hovercraft of Indian Coast Guards

Design[edit]

The Hovercraft's hull are made of light weight marine grade aluminium alloy. They are powered by two 588 KW radiator cooled MTU Diesel Engines, with 2.6 m variable-pitch propellers and have 1.25 m skirt to enable the craft of the series to sprint speed of 53.5 knots with high-speed patrolling capacity in coastal shallow waters, marshy areas, creeks as well as deep seas. The craft are also fitted also with a 12.7 mm gun.[1] They have a complement of 2 officers and 11 other rank.[2]

The crafts are intended to be used for search and rescue operation, assistance to ships and craft in distress and interruption and interdiction of offending vessels day and night.

Order[edit]

The Indian Coast Guard acquired six 8000TDs in 2001. Two of the Griffon 8000TD(M)s were manufactured at GHL’s boatyard in Southampton England, and four were assembled from completely knocked-down kits (CKD’s) by GRSE in Kolkata, India. In 2010, Griffon Hoverwork won another £34 million contract to supply the Indian Coast Guard with 12 8000TD hovercrafts.

Ships of the class[edit]

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Pennant Number Date of commission Homeport Remark
Flight I
H 181 18 Sep 2000 Haldia Made by Griffon
H 182 21 Sep 2001 Paradip[3] Made by Griffon
H 183 21 Sep 2001[4] Mandapam[5]
H 184 Okha Delivered in October 2001
H 185 Okha Delivered in November 2001
H 186 2002 Haldia[6]
Flight II
H 187 11 June 2012 Okha[7]
H 188 12 December 2012 Haldia[8]
H 189 20 November 2012 Okha[8]
H 190 19 February 2013 Mandapam[9]
H 191 10 Apr 2013 Okha[10]
H 192 23 December 2013 Mumbai[11]
H 193 13 February 2014 Haldia[12]
H 194 23 December 2013 Mumbai[11]
H 195 13 May 2014 Mandapam[13]
H 196 10 November 2014[14] Manglore[15]
H 197 11 October 2014 Mandapam[2]
H 198 10 November 2014 Mangore[15]

Specifications[edit]

  • Displacement: 30 t
  • Length: 20 m
  • Height: 1.5m
  • Beam: 11.3 m
  • Speed: 45 kn
  • Armament: 1 x 12.7 mm MG
  • Power: 2 × MTU 12V183 TB32 Diesels
  • Propulsion: 2 × Ducted CP aircrew props, 1,600 bhp
  • Range: 365/42
  • Crew: 2O, 11OR
  • Fuel: 2,000 l

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PRODUCT >> 8000 TD,http://www.griffonhovercraftusa.com/gh8000.htm/
  2. ^ a b "11th Hovercraft for Indian Coast Guard inducted into service". Zee News. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Hovercraft patrol to protect Orissa's turtles against illegal trawlers | News | Environment". infochangeindia.org. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  4. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  5. ^ "ICG to escort devotees to Katchativu festival". www.newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  6. ^ "English Releases". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  8. ^ a b Watkins, Valentine. "Indian Coast Guard commissions two hovercraft". www.bairdmaritime.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Fourth UK built Hovercraft Joins Indian Coast Guard - SP's Naval Forces". www.spsnavalforces.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Indian Coast Guard Ship H-191 Commissioned". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  11. ^ a b "Frontier India". 
  12. ^ "Coast Guard commissions Hovercraft H-193 in Haldia". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  13. ^ "Coast Guard Mandapam station gets one more hovercraft". The Hindu. 2014-05-11. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  14. ^ Network, CD. "Governor to commission two Indian Coast Guard hovercrafts in Mangaluru". Coastaldigest.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  15. ^ a b "Indian Coast Guard station hovercraft in Mangalore". www.griffonhoverwork.com. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 

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