The high speed interceptor boats deployed by the Indian Coast Guard and used for intercepting a Pakistani boat recently, capturing a dozen odd crew members, has been built by Larsen and Toubro Limited at its Hazira shipyard.
L&T has already delivered 28 interceptor boats and these are put in operations by the ICG. Order for 54 interceptor boats was placed by ICG on the company.
The Pakistani boat along with 9 crew members was caught by ICG off the Gujarat coast on October 2nd.
“It was a proud moment for all of us at L & T to notice from the video clips shown on national TV channels that the high speed boats built by us are doing wonders and serving the National interests well. Once again our products built as national endeavour have brought laurels for our country by intercepting suspected Enemy’s boat,” said a source in L&T Shipbuilding.
Its considered as a big catch for India and comes close to the recent Uri terror attacks and the surgical attack on the terrorist launch pads across LOC.
“In the prevailing scenario, Coast Guard ship Samudra Pavak apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members,” an official ICG statement said. “Preliminary information indicates the crew to be Pakistani fishermen. However, the boat and the crew members were being escorted to Porbandar for further joint investigation,” it added.
Reports said Further investigation is on and the apprehended Pakistanis will be quizzed at Porbandar.
L&T shipbuilding has been contracted to export of 12 high speed Patrol boats by Vietnam. The Vietnam boats are a varient of boats built for the ICG. Few of these would be built in India, while the balance would be built locally with technology, material package and hand holding by L&T.