Wednesday 26 February 2020, 04:41 PM
GSL launched 3rd Coast Gurd Patrol Vassel ‘SAJAG’
By BDK Bureau | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 11/14/2019 5:53:51 PM
GSL launched 3rd Coast Gurd Patrol Vassel ‘SAJAG’

Goa: The 3rd of the 5 indigenous offshore Coast Guard vessels being built by Goa Shipyard Ltd. was launched in a ceremony held here. The Coast Guard vessel was launched by Mrs. Vijaya Shripad Naik, wife of Raksha Rajya Mantri Shripad Yasho Naik. Mrs. Naik performed the launching rituals and named the vessel as ‘Sajag’ meaning thereby ‘Alert’. The Vessel was launched with much fanfare at GSL in distinguished presence of Subhash Chandra, Secretary (Defence Production), DG K Natarajan, PTM, TM, Director General Coast Guard, RAdm Philipose G Pynumootil, Flag Officer Goa Area, Commodore BB Nagpal (Retd), CMD, GSL and various other senior dignitaries.

The ongoing shipbuilding project for 5 Offshore Patrol Vessels is one of the biggest orders being executed by GSL for the Indian Coast Guard. This indigenous Project was launched by the Prime Minister on 13 Nov 2016. It is creditable for the shipyard to complete the 100% hull construction and bring the vessel to the advanced stage of outfitting for delivery in October 2020.

Entirely designed in-house by the professionals of GSL, these OPVs will form a formidable part of the Coast Guard Fleet and will be used for protection of Exclusive Economic Zone of territorial waters. These vessels will be fitted with most modern and technologically advanced machinery and computerized controls systems, making them the most advanced Patrol Vessels in service with the Indian Coast Guard. These 2400 ton vessels will be equipped with features like Quick Response Boats for rescue and anti piracy, Gunnery simulators and many more advanced features.  The hull would be the most efficient form designed by GSL and would provide for fuel efficiency, crew comfort and excellent sea keeping qualities.

Recognizing the excellent efforts and achievements of Goa Shipyard, Raksha Rajya Mantri Shripad Yesso Naik congratulated the personnel of Goa Shipyard and Coast Guard for the launching of the Vessel. He acknowledged the tremendous contribution of Goa Shipyard in indigenous shipbuilding, catering to the acquisition requirements of the Indian maritime forces.

Speaking on the occasion DG, Coast Guard, K Natarajan also praised GSL for its professionalism in persistent delivery of quality ships, within the contractual delivery timelines. He lauded the bonhomie and partnership between Coast Guard and GSL in design and construction of significant number of vessels for the Indian Coast Guard.
On this occasion, Cmde BB Nagpal, CMD GSL said “In line with the shipyard’s tradition of delivering on time, we are confident to deliver the 3rd Vessel, launched today, as per the contractual schedule. Our endeavour has been to maximise the indigenous content on these ships and I am happy to state that 70% indigenisation has been achieved for these ships.”

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Coast Guard,Goa Shipyard Ltd.,Defence,Economic,Raksha

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