Rajshree-class patrol vessel

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Class overview
Name: Rajshree class
Builders: Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata, India
Operators: India Indian Coast Guard
Preceded by: Rani Abbakka class
Succeeded by: Aadesh class
Built: 2010-2013
In commission: 2012-present
Building: 1
Planned: 8+5
Completed: 8
Active: 8
General characteristics
Type: Inshore patrol vessel
Displacement: 303 long tons (308 t)[1]
Length: 48.9 m (160 ft 5 in)
Beam: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
Depth: 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in)
Propulsion:
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph)
Range: 1,500 nmi (2,800 km; 1,700 mi) at 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 6 officers and 34 sailors
Armament:

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

Design[edit]

The Rajshree class have displacement of 303 tons and are 48.9 metres (160 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 1,500 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 6 officers and 34 sailors.[2]

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.[3] 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,[4] and the third, ICGS Rajkiran, on August 29, 2012, at Visakhapatnam.[5]

A follow-on order of 5 more ships will be built with deliveries starting by mid 2018.[6][7]

Yard No. Name Pennant Number Laid down Launched Commissioned Homeport
Flight I
2072 ICGS Rajshree 82 27 September 2010 21 March 2011 15 February 2012 Chennai[8]
2073 ICGS Rajtarang 83 - 21 March 2011 19 May 2012 Chennai[9][10]
2074 ICGS Rajkiran 84 March 2011 30 September 2011[11] 29 August 2012 Haldia[12]
2075 ICGS Rajkamal 85 March 2011 30 September 2011 8 January 2013 Port Blair[13][14](Re-based from Chennai)[15][16]
2076 ICGS Rajratan 86 March 2011 30 September 2011 11 February 2013 Porbandar[17]
2077 ICGS Rajdoot 87 24 January 2012 6 August 2012[18] 22 April 2013 Manglore[19]
2078 ICGS Rajveer 88 24 January 2012 6 August 2012 9 August 2013[20] Visakhapatnam[21]
2079 ICGS Rajdhwaj 89 24 January 2012 29 January 2013 12 December 2013[22] Kakinada[23]
Flight II
15 May 2017[24] mid-2018 (Expected)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.indiancoastguard.gov.in/content/1592_1_SurfaceUnitsPage4.aspx#
  2. ^ "Surface Units Page :Indian Coast Guard". www.indiancoastguard.gov.in. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
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  4. ^ "ICGS Rajtarang commissioned in Chennai". newstrackindia.com. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Coast Guard inducts inshore patrol ship". newstrackindia.com. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "GRSE to build water jet-propelled fast patrol vessel for Coast Guard". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  7. ^ IANS (2017-05-15). "Keel of GRSE's first fast patrol vessel laid in Kolkata". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Indian coast guard inshore patrol vessel Rajshree commissioned in Kolkata". www.sunday-guardian.com. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  9. ^ Sharma, Suman (2012-05-19). "Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) ICGS Rajtarang Commissioned". Chindits. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  10. ^ "ICGS Rajtarang commissioned in Chennai". Thaindian News. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  11. ^ "GRSE launches three ships". Times of India. October 1, 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Commissioning of Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkiran". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  13. ^ "Indian Coast Guard to re-base ICGS Rajkamal, six interceptor boats - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  14. ^ "Coast Guard rebases ship, boats in the Andamans". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  15. ^ "GPS gadgets on boats to help Tamil fishermen". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  16. ^ "Force India". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  17. ^ "Was Coast Guard ship fast enough?". The Hindu. 2015-01-03. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  18. ^ "GRSE launches two patrol vessels for Coast Guard". newstrackindia.com. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "ICGS Rajdoot to be based at New Mangalore Port - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  20. ^ "Patrol vessel Rajveer to join Coast Guard tomorrow". The Economic Times. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "ICGS Rajveer to be commissioned today". The Hindu. 2013-08-10. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  22. ^ "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. 
  23. ^ Sharma, Suman (2013-12-11). "Commissioning Of Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) ICGS Rajdhwaj". Chindits. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  24. ^ "GRSE to build water jet-propelled fast patrol vessel for Coast Guard". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-05-15.