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NSA Doval Commissions Indian Coast Guard Ship Sajag | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessel ‘Sajag’ was commissioned by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in
Saturday.
According to the official statement from ICG, Sajag, on May 29, Ajit Doval, Kirti Chakra, National Security Advisor, commissioned the third in the series of 105m Marine Patrol Vessels (OPV) in the presence of Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary of Defense and Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan, PVSM, PTM, TM, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard and other high dignitaries of the central and state government.
“‘Sajag’ which means ‘Watchman’ is a projection of the will and commitment of the Indian Coast Guard ‘Ready, Relevant and Responsive’ towards the maritime interests of the nation,” he said.
ICG said this state-of-the-art ship has been indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited and is equipped with advanced technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery.
According to ICG, the ship is equipped with one Bofors 40/60 gun and two 12.7mm SRCG guns with FCS. The ship is also equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), an Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), a Power Management System (PMS) and a High Power External Fire Suppression System (EFF).
The ship is designed to carry a twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats, including two inflatable boats for boarding, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol operations. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response teams to contain oil spills at sea.
“The ship displaces approximately 2350 tonnes (GRT) and is powered by two 9100 KW diesel engines to reach a top speed of 26 knots. It has a range of 6000 nm at economical speed. The lift and range, along with the latest and modern equipment and systems, give it the ability to play the role of a command platform and perform tasks to comply with Coast Guard statutes, “ICG said in a statement.
The ship, upon joining the Coast Guard fleet, will be based in Porbandar. She will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties enshrined in the Coast Guard charter.
ICGS Sajag is commanded by Deputy Inspector General Sanjay Negi and is manned by 12 officers and 99 men.
The commissioning of ICGS Sajag will enhance the operational capability of the Indian Coast Guard to fulfill multiple maritime tasks. The induction of this vessel will give a boost to the maritime protection of our vast west coast coastline.
Currently, the Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 157 ships and 62 aircraft. In addition, 34 surface platforms are in various stages of
Construction at different Indian shipyards and 16 Advance light helicopters are in production at HAL, Bengaluru, which will provide additional strength to ICG’s surveillance capabilities to meet ever-dynamic maritime challenges.



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