Samarth was added to the fleet of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Tuesday in order to improve the coastal security system. According to ICG, the 105-meter-long ICGS Samarth can travel at a top speed of 23 knots (about 43 Kmph).
“The new ship to the Indian Coast Guard at Kochi will definitely optimise the Indian Coast Guard operational capability at sea. The ship has been based at Kochi from Goa under the operational command of Coast Guard District Headquarters-4 (Kerala & Mahe), Kochi,” a release issued by the coast guard said.
According to the Coast Guard, the ship that arrived today would improve maritime domain operating effectiveness in areas like the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Lakshadweep/Minicoy Islands.
“The ship is equipped with an integrated bridge management system (IBMS), integrated platform management system (IPMS), power management system (PMS) and a high power external fire fighting (EFF) system,” it said.
A twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats, including two inflatable boats for boarding operations, search and rescue operations, law enforcement, and maritime patrol, are all intended to be carried by the ship. The ship is equipped with a cutting-edge surveillance system and has the ability to control marine oil spills.
According to the announcement, the emphasis on coastal security has increased significantly, and frequent discussions are held among the stakeholders to close any gaps in coastal security. In Kerala, the Coast Guard had been boosting her resources in order to create a completely impenetrable security blanket. A new capital ship named Saksham just joined the Coast Guard force in Kerala.