Goa: The 5th and the last Vessel of the indigenous Project for 05 Offshore Patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard has been launched at the hands of Jayanthi Natarajan,wife of DG K Natarajan, Director General Coast Guard.The vessel has been named as ICGS ‘Saksham’. Considering the ongoing restrictions due to COVID protocol in force, the function has been held in a low manner at GSL in distinguished presence of Flag Officer Goa Area Rear Admiral Philipose G Pynumootil, NM, IG A P Badola, COMCG (W), Chairman and Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Limited – Commodore BB Nagpal, and various other dignitaries.
The indigenous Project was launched by the prime Minister on 13th Nov 2016. Since then 2 vessels have been commissioned and all 5 have been launched.Inspite of the ongoing COVID situation and disruptions in supply chains, it is creditable for the shipyard to complete the 100% hull construction and launch the vessel within 18 months from keel laying which was in Jun 2019. The vessel is in advanced stage of outfitting and will be ready for delivery by Oct 2021, as per the contractual schedule.
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