Goa Shipyard Launches Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel
(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued July 2, 2007)
The Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) will build a 105 meter Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). Launched by Dr. (Smt) Sushmita Dutt, wife of Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt, in Goa today, the AOPV, named ICGS Samrat is the biggest vessel designed and being constructed by the GSL.

The AOPV, which will have berthing facility for an Advanced Light Helicopter, is totally indigenous and will be built by GSL using state-of-the-art technology. The vessel will have a range of 6,500 nautical miles and reach a speed up to 24 knots. It will be armed with a 30 mm gun, maneuvered by a fire control system.

The Defence Secretary Shri Shekhar Dutt was the Chief Guest at the launching ceremony. The function was attended by Vice Admiral RF Contractor, Director General, Coast Guard and Rear Admiral AK Handa, Chairman and Managing Director, GSL among others.

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