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Friday, November 23, 2018 

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) of Kolkata, India, has held a launch ceremony for two new Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) ordered by the Indian Coast Guard.

Both ships were simultaneously launched on 22 November and are 50m long, 7.5m wide, and are designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with a range of over 1500 naut miles.

Rear Admiral VK Saxena, Chairman and MD of GRSE, said: “The FPV designs, exclusive to GRSE, are an improvisation on the Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV) built by the Shipyard for the Indian Coast Guard, few years ago. The vessels come with an efficient hull form developed in-house and proved after extensive model testing. These are fuel efficient and the powerful platforms are well suited for patrolling, anti-smuggling, and anti-poaching and rescue operations.”

The FPVs, ICGS Amrit Kaur and ICGS Kamla Devi, are the third and fourth in a series of five FPVs built by GRSE for the Indian Coast Guard. Like their two predecessors, they make use of indigenously-developed warship grade steel, representing a major advance in self-reliance for the Indian shipbuilding industry. Work is now in progress to complete fitting out, preparation and commissioning of the ship systems and equipment prior to sea trials and final delivery.

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