Indian Coast Guard decommissioned Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) ICGS Ranijindan, ICGS Habbah Khatun and ICGS Avvaiyyar at Chennai on 06 January 2012. ICGS Ramadevi and ICGS Chandbibi were also decommissioned at Visakhapatnam on 19 January 2012. ICGS Jijabai and ICGS Kittur Chennamma were decommissioned on 27 June 2011. All these IPVs have completed more than 25 years of service.
The old IPVs already phased out/being phased out are: Jijabai (64), Chandbibi (65), Kittur Chennamma (66), Ranijindan (67), Habbah Khatun (68), Ramadevi (69), Avvaiyar (70), Tarabai (71), Ahalyabai (72), Lakshmi Bai (73), Naiki Devi (74), Ganga Devi (75), Akka Devi (76).
Now new IPVs for Indian Coast Guard are being built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), Visakhapatnam. The construction details are:
- Phase 1: Five vessels with contractual delivery period as March 2008 to March 2009 (now revised as August 2011 to July 2012).
- Yard No 1154: Launched on 28 May 2009 and now commissioned on 20 January 2012 as Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Rani Abbakka (77). The ship is named after ‘Abbakka Mahadevi’ the queen of Tulunadu of Karnataka who fought the Portuguese in the 16th century. She is considered as the ‘First Woman Freedom Fighter of India’. ICGS Rani Abbakka is based at Chennai under Administrative and Operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
- Yard No 1155: Launched on 04 November 2009.
- Yard No 1156: Launched on 15 May 2010 and named as ‘Rani Durgavati’ (79).
- Yard No 1157: Launched on 06 November 2010 and named as ‘Rani Gaidinliu’.
- Yard No 1158: Launched on 15 July 2011 and named as ‘Rani Rashmoni’.
- Phase 2: Eight more IPVs are also going to be built by HSL (Yard No 11165 to 11172) with contractual delivery period as August 2013 to May 2015.
- are designed and built indigenously by M/s HSL.
- are built with light steel hull and have water jet propulsion system.
- are 51.5 metres long, 8.36 metres wide and have a draught of 4.55 metres.
- have most advanced navigational and communication sensors and equipment with Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS) and an indigenously built Gun Mount with Fire Control System.
- have economical speed of 14 Knots, maximum speed of 31.5 knots with an endurance of 1500 nautical miles.
- are designed to carry one Rigid Inflatable Boat and two Geminis for Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol.
Above ICGS Rani Abbakka photographs are from Indian Coast Guard website.
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