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Inshore patrol vessel, Rajtarang, commissioned

ndian Coast Guard ship, ICGS Rajtarang, the second in the series of eight inshore patrol vessel (IPVs), was commissioned into service on Saturday in Chennai, by Minister of State for Defence, MM Pallam Raju.

The ship has been designed and built by the Kolkata-based Public Sector Unit (DPSU), Garden Reach Ship Builders Ltd. ICGS Rajtarang will enhance the Indian Coast Guard's capability to undertake operations to further maritime safety and security and coastal security on the eastern seaboard.

The 50 meter long IPV (inshore patrol vessel) is equipped with advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment, has a speed of 16 Knots and an endurance of 1500 nautical miles. The special features of the ship include an integrated bridge system (IBS), integrated machinery control system (IMCS) and an indigenously built gun mount with fire control system. The ship is designed to carry one rigid inflatable boat and two Geminis for search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.

ICGS 'Rajtarang' literally meaning 'royal musical note' will be based at Chennai and will be under administrative and operational control of the commander, Coast Guard Region (East).

With the commissioning of ICGS Rajtarang, the force level of ICG has gone up to 71 ships and boats and would reach 150 surface platforms by 2018.

The ship is commanded by Commandant JI Jose who is a specialist in logistics management. Rajtarang can house a crew of five officers and 30 enrolled personnel.

Central and State government dignitaries attended the function along with Director General of Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan.

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