Press Releases Indian Coast Guard Ship Samarth's visit to the Port of Mombasa

Indian Coast Guard Ship Samarth's visit to the Port of Mombasa

Indian Coast Guard Ship Samarth would be calling at the Port of Mombasa from 09 to 13 February 2016 on a friendly visit. The ship is on her maiden overseas visit and has, thus far, visited Port Victoria (Seychelles), Port Louis (Mauritius) and Toamasina (Madagascar) after departing from her last Indian port, Kochi for the current deployment. This visit to Mombasa is aimed at further strengthening the friendly bi-lateral relations between India and Kenya.

During her stay at Mombasa, ICGS Samarth will undertake mutual training activities with Kenya Navy and organize conducted tours of the ship for children from local schools in addition to rendering philanthropic activities in the city and hosting local dignitaries.

ICGS Samarth is 105-meter long Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) and the first of its Class. She was commissioned at Goa on 10 November 2015. The ship has been designed and built indigenously by M/s Goa Shipyard Limited, India in consonance with the ‘Make in India’ programme of the Government of India. The ship draws 2457 tons and is propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines capable of attaining a maximum speed of 26 knots. At economical speed, the ship has an endurance of 10000 nautical miles and can stay at sea for 20 days without any replenishment. With a complement of nine officers and 91 men trained in varied disciplines, Samarth is capable of meeting various maritime tasks required of the Indian Coast Guard charter.

'Samarth' is a Hindi word which, in English, means "Capable". The shiphas an underlying punchline of Honour, Courage & Commitment and symbolizes the capability of the Indian Coast Guard to reach its allies across the globe. 

ICGS Samarth is equipped with state-of-the-art Navigation & Communication equipment, sensors and machineries, which include an Integrated Bridge System, Integrated Machinery Control System, Power Management System, High Power External Fire Fighting System (ABS Fi-Fi Class-1) and one indigenous 40/60 Gun Mount. The ship is designed to carry one twin-engine Light Helicopter and five high-speed boats for Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol tasks at sea. The ship is also capable of carrying Pollution Response equipment to combat any oil spill contamination at sea. The ship is fitted with the advanced Global Maritime Distress and Safety System making her an apt platform to undertake Search and Rescue operations in Indian Search and Rescue Region.

ICGS Samarth has played an active role in the Indian Coast Guard by being involved in various security and anti-piracy operations in the Sea Lanes of Communication around India and around the Indian islands of Lakshadweep and Minicoy. During the current deployment, the ship was also involved in escorting, replenishing and the gifting of an Indian Interceptor Boat C- 405 to the Seychelles Coast Guard on 21 January 2016.

The visiting ship is being commanded by Deputy Inspector General Rakesh Pal, TM who is a professional Gunner and possesses vast experience as a seasoned mariner.

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