ICGS Sujay to Execute Multifarious Maritime Tasks
Enabling the Indian Coast Guard to further maintain a round-the-clock maritime security cover along India's coastal territory, the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Sujay has been commissioned. Indian Coast Guard Ship “Sujay”, the sixth in the series of six 105m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), has been commissioned by Director General of Indian Coast Guard Rajendra Singh at a grand ceremony in Goa. Rajendra Singh has said that the addition of new vessels had helped the Coast Guard to double its presence and surveillance in Indian waters.
‘Sujay’, meaning ‘Great Victory’, is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment “To serve and Protect” the maritime interest of the nation. The ship is based at Paradip, Odisha under the operational and administrative control of Commander Coast Guard Region (North-East). This 105-metre OPV has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. The features include 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
Rajendra Singh has said that the ICG enhanced the presence significantly on the coastline with its large inventory to serve the two objectives of deterrence and reassurance. ICG’s presence at sea has more than doubled to 35-40 ships and 8-10 aircraft sorties per day. The Coast Guard has added 17 aircraft to its fleet in the last decade, and its current inventory of 134 ships is more than double of pre-2009. “We have 12 offshore patrol vessels, 19 fast patrol vessels, and 33 interceptor boats are being built indigenously at various Indian shipyards," Singh said.
Sujay has been designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two Quick Reaction Inflatable Boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea. The ship draws 2350 tons(GRT) propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 23 Knots and has an endurance of 6000 NM at economical speed. The sustenance and reach, coupled with the latest and modern equipment and systems, provides Sujay the capability to perform the role of a command platform to accomplish all Coast Guard charter of duties.
ICGS ‘Sujay’ is commanded by Deputy Inspector General Yoginder Dhaka and manned by 12 Officers and 94 men. The ship on joining Coast Guard fleet at Paradip, will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard Charter, to safeguard the maritime interests of India. The commissioning of ICGS Sujay will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The induction of a sophisticated and state-of-the-art OPV will give a fillip to the maritime protection of India’s vast coastline of Eastern Seaboard in general, and the maritime state of Odisha and West Bengal in particular.