Coast Guard to have 200+ ships in 5 years, says Director General Pathania

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Kolkata: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG), which can have fun its forty seventh Raising Day on February 1, is eying to attain its goal of getting a fleet of 200-plus warships by 2028.

ICG Director General V S Pathania shared the roadmap after he commissioned Kamla Devi, the final in the sequence of 5 quick patrol vessels (FPV) constructed by defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers for the ICG.

Mr Pathania stated on Thursday, “Efforts are continuing. The process of approvals and ship construction are time consuming itself. A minimum time required for a ship construction is 36 months after the signing of a contract. So give us another about five years and you will find the Coast Guard, the way we are growing, with 200+ ships.”

Sharing the current energy of the ICG fleet, he elaborated, “We are a 158-ship strong force now. With the addition of Kamla Devi, the number of FPVs will itself be closer to 50. The number of the bigger ones, which are 115-meter-long, is 27 in our inventory. The other workhorses, which are the fast interceptor boats, have 67.”

Mr Pathania added, “In the times to come, we are going to add two pollution control vessels, specifically meant for mitigating any oil spill among others. It’s timeline is 36 months from today. The keel has also been laid. We also have approval from the government for six offshore patrol vessels, which are 115-120-meter-long and 14 FPVs, which are in the class of Kamla Devi. Altogether the figure will be close to 180 warships in another two years.”

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