At a unique function held in Chennai Port, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned the Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Varaha. The vessel is the Coast Guard’s fourth in the seven offshore patrol vessels sequence. It will be based under the Western Command in New Mangalore in Karnataka.
The name ‘Varaha‘ relates to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu in which, by lifting her on his tusks, he incarnated as a boar to rescue Goddess Earth from the ocean.
Features of Varaha
- The OPV has a 30-mm weapon and a 12.7 mm gun to improve the ICGS Varaha’s combat effectiveness.
- Modern monitoring systems, Integrated Bridge System, High Power External Firefighting System, Automated Power Management System, Help Traversing System, and an integrated platform management system constructed by the indigenous community.
- 26 knots of Maximum speed
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) designed and built the 98-meter offshore patrol vessel ICGS Varaha on its Katupalli shipyard in North Chennai. Equipped with a 30 mm weapon, it has an embedded bridge system, platform management systems, automated energy management system, and an internal firefighting system with high energy.
ICGS Varaha can carry a twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed ships for quick boarding, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrolling. ICGS Varaha also carries machinery to respond to pollution to handle incidents such as ocean oil spills.
Two 9100-kilowatt diesel engines are powered by ICGS Varaha. It can reach a peak velocity of 26 knots and has 5000 nautical miles of endurance. ICGS Varaha will be implemented to monitor the Exclusive Economic Zone of India and to protect the country’s maritime interests.