Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has formally commissioned the Indian Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ‘Varaha’ at the Chennai Port Trust. The vessel includes Integrated Bridge System, automated power management system, high power external firefighting system, indigenously built Integrated Platform Management System and help traversing system.
- ‘Varaha’ is the fourth in the series of seven 98-meter offshore patrol vessels. It has been indigenously designed and built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
- The name ‘Varaha’ refers to Lord Vishnu’s third incarnation, in which he incarnated as a boar to rescue Goddess Earth from the ocean by lifting her on his tusks.
- The OPV is equipped with a 30-mm gun and a 12.7mm gun to enhance the fighting efficiency of the vessel. The vessel also has the capability of carrying limited pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
- Varaha vessel will boost the Indian Coast Guard’s strength while responding to multiple challenges including maritime terrorism, drug trafficking, collision, grounding and oil spills.
- Speaking the commissioning of ICGS ‘Varaha’, the Defence said that the Indian forces including the Army, Navy and the Airforce are prepared for any kind of security challenges.