An indigenously designed Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel (OPV) was launched at L&T Shipyard in Kattupalli here on Tuesday.
The OPV is the third of series of the seven offshore patrol vessels under construction by L&T Shipbuilding Ltd against a contract signed between the defence ministry and L&T shipyard on March 30, 2015.
It is likely to be inducted into Indian Coast Guard on March 19 after completion of extensive trials on fitted equipment and machinery.
The length of the OPVs is 98 metre and breadth is 14.8 metre with gross tonnage of 2100 tonne. The endurance of the vessel is 5000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12-14 knots. The cruising speed can be raised to a maximum of 26 knots with 100% propulsion. Read More