In a big boost to Coast Guard operations along Tamil Nadu’s and Puducherry’s wide coastlines, interceptor boat ICGS C-436 was’re-based’ at Karaikal in a welcome ceremony on Friday. According to a defence announcement, the interceptor boat is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, as well as sensors and machineries capable of functioning in tropical sea conditions and conducting near coastline surveillance.
The ship will be deployed in the Area of Responsibility (AoR) of Indian Coast Guard Station Karaikal, giving a considerable boost to Coast Guard operations. The ability to execute the job of an eagle eye on nefarious actions is provided by the sustenance and reach, along with the most up-to-date and sophisticated technology and system.
A welcome ceremony was organised on the boat’s first entry to the base port in Karaikal, with District Collector Arun Thambiraj of Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu) and Coast Guard officers in attendance.
The welcome ceremony included the commanding officer of the ICGS Karaikal, Coast Guard ships, officers and Enrolled Personnel (EPs) of the Coast Guard, and representatives from Coastal Security and Marine Pollution stakeholders.
The Interceptor Boat (IB) of the Indian Coast Guard, Ship C-436, was commissioned at its base port of Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in 2018.
The yacht is 27.63 metres long and was designed and built entirely in the United States. It’s built to transport a high-speed inflatable boat for boarding, search and rescue, law enforcement, and marine patrol.
At 20 kN speed, the ship can reach a top speed of 45 knots and has a range of 500 nautical miles.