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OPV Sarthak

OPV Sarthak

OPV Sarthak

On 28 October 2021, the government commissioned and dedicated OPV Sarthak to guard the Indian coasts at Goa. A few months back, in August 2021, the government commissioned the OPV indigenous vessel Vigraha at the Chennai coast. This article will read updates related to the OPV ships and their role in the Indian Coast Guard.

Before proceeding to the main content, let us understand important terms. The ship has been dedicated as ICGS by the Indian Coast Guard. Let us learn the meaning of the Indian Coast Guard first.

Indian Coast Guard

ICG expands for the Indian Coastal Guard. The concept of ICG comes into existence. After the 1971 war. In 1971 a 13 days long war was fought between India and Pakistan. The war was fought to protect the liberty and dignity of Bengalis, Hindus and Muslims. India won the war on 16 December 20 1971. Also, Bangladesh was born on the same day, and every year celebrates this day as Vijay Diwas. After this war, the Rustamji Committee framed a blueprint for a multidimensional coastal guard.

The blueprint was accepted, and then the Indian Coast Guard was established in August 1978 by the Coast Guard Act. It is an independent Armed force of India. It also acts as a search and rescue and maritime law enforcement agency under the Ministry of Defence. The India Coastal Guard has its headquarters in New Delhi.

ICG is responsible for marine. The agency has its headquarters in New Delhi. The role of ICG is environmental protection in the maritime zone. ICG exercises its jurisdiction over the contiguous zone and Exclusive Economic Zone of Indian waters.

What is an OPV?

OPV expands for Offshore Patrol Vessels. An offshore patrol vessel is a technical ship. Such versatile ships are designed to perform Economic Exclusion zone management roles. In India, there are ten major Patrol vessels. Also, India is currently working on five series of indigenous OPV programs. The Indian family of offshore patrol vessels comprises 80m and 90m versatile and affordable ships.

What are the features of OPV?

An OPV has the following features:

What are the features of OPV Sarthak?

OPV Sarthak is of its kind indigenous OPV of ICG. Here is the list of features that makes OPV Sarthak different and unique:

What are the merits of OPV Sarthak?

OPV Sarthak has the following benefits in protecting the country’s coastal boundary and supporting its economy.

Other OPVs of India:

Despite OPV Sarthak, India has other OPVs too. The major ones from the list are mentioned below:

OPV Sajag:

OPV Sajag was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard in May 2021. It is the third out of five indigenous OPV series.

OPV Vigraha:

OPV Vigraha was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard in August 2021. It was built by the Larsen & Toubro company.

OPV 45006 VAJRA:

OPV 45006 VAJRA was the sixth Offshore Patrol Vessel. It was launched in Feb 2020.

OPV Varaha:

OPV Varaha was commissioned in the Indian Coast Guard in September 2019 at the Chennai post.

A Way Forward

The safety and security of the coastal boundary of the country are essential. ICG and ICGS together help in maintaining a healthy environment in Indian waters.

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