A proud moment for all Indians as ICGS Shoor enters Indian Coast Guard Fleet in Mangaluru Port. ICGS Shoor was commissioned in Goa on April 11, 2016. ICGS Shoor will stand strong to prevent India’s territorial waters from facing any type of threat to India’s Maritime interest.
Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Shoor is the second in a series of six 105-meter offshore patrol vessels (OPV) and will be used predominantly for patrolling along the 300-km-long Karnataka coast along with local law enforcement agencies, including Coastal Security Police.
Features of ICGS Shoor
ICGS Shoor, which can attain a maximum speed of 23 knots, has an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles at an economical speed. The ship is designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high-speed boats, two QRIBs for fast boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol at sea. It is also capable of carrying pollution-response equipment.
What all ICGS fleet in Mangalore holds:
Mangaluru being one of the active port for Western coastal security hold total of 4 patrol vessels – ICGS Rajdoot, ICGS Amartya, ICGS Savithri Bai Phule and ICGS Kasturba Gandhi. It also holds 2 hover-crafts for fast action over the coast.
Indian Coast Guard have 70 ships and boats now under various stages of constructions, and its air wing of 62 aircraft which is expected to expand up to 100 aircraft soon. Indian Coast Guard has emerged as the four largest Coast Guard in the world after USA, Japan and South Korea.
Words from Authorities
K R Suresh, Deputy Inspector General and Commander, Coast Guard, Karnataka, proudly presented his views by saying that “Coast Guard district HQ 3 at Panambur here now has four fast patrol vessels – Rajdoot, Amartya, Savithri Bai Phule and Kasturba Gandhi in addition to two hover crafts. This will give a fillip to the protection of the western sea coast in general and Karnataka in particular”.
P C Parida, chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust, said the this addition to ICG faternity will play a huge role in security of port and major installations over the western coast. He added, “The process of providing a dedicated jetty to Indian Coast Guard is underway”.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, mentioned specifically about role played by Indian Coast Guard towards district in any time of crises. Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim assured all help to the force for their current and future expansion plans. “We will ensure that demands for any additional land that Coast Guard may need will be met,” he said.
M Subramanyam, commissioner, customs and central excise; M G Uma, principal district and sessions judge; S S Dasila, DIG; commanding officer, ICGS Shoor; among others were present.
We Congratulate Indians and Indian Coast Guard for adding one more elite member to its force!