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FOC-in-C (South) presides over commissioning of ICGS Aadesh
Vice Admiral Satish Soni presides over the Commissioning Ceremony of Coast Guard Vessel
Vice Admiral Satish Soni, FOC-in-C (South) flanked by Inspector General SPS Basra, Commander Coast Guard Region West and Commandant SR Nagendran Commanding Officer ICGS Aadesh
The first of the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for the Indian Coast Guard was commissioned on 13 Dec 13. Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command was the Chief Guest at the commissioning ceremony. Terming the Indian Coast Guard as one of the most internationally acclaimed organisations, Vice Admiral Soni in his address dwelt on the wide range of maritime activity that the force undertook. The Admiral further underscored the requirement of synergy among all stake holders of coast security to ensure that events like the Mumbai attack never ever happened. Commodore (Retd) K Subramaniam Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) spoke of the importance his yard attached to orders from Indian Coast Guard at a time when the ship building industry is going through difficult times. He also explained with pride how the yard overcame challenges during the building process. Two ships of the class have been delivered to the Coast Guard and the third would also be delivered by the end of the month he added. Commander Coast Guard Region West Inspector General SPS Basra also spoke on the occasion.
The 50 m long indigenous Fast Patrol vessel displaces 290 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 33 Knots with water jet propulsion. Aadesh has an endurance of 1500 nautical miles. Equipped with modern weaponry and advanced communication and navigation suite, FPVs make an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation. The special features of the ship include an integrated bridge management system, and integrated machine control system. The fire control system of the ship is indigenous. The ship commanded by Commandant SR Nagendran would be based at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and has a complement of 5 Officers and 34 men.