In an impressive ceremony Coast Guard Interceptor boats C-433 & C-434 were launched by Begum Sahiba Sayeeda Abdul Ali on 07 Jun 17 at L & T Shipyard, Kattupalli. Launching of any sea going vessel is an auspicious moment, as the ship touches water for the first time, where she has to spend the rest of her life. HH Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, Prince of Arcot was the Chief Guest for the launching ceremony.
These boats will be inducted into Indian Coast Guard in Aug 2017 after completion of extensive trials on fitted equipment and machineries. Post induction, these boats will be based at Karaikal and Kakinada. The boats launched are part of the 36 IBs (Interceptor Boat) project contract which was signed between MoD and L&T shipyard on 19 Mar 2010. Out of these 36 Boats, 24 have been delivered by M/s L&T shipyard Hazira (Surat) and 08 boats by L&T shipyard, Kattupalli.
These boats would be utilised for day and night coastal patrol & surveillance, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations and coastal security. The boats are equipped with ultra-modern technology including sophisticated navigational and latest communication system and are capable of operating in tropical conditions with expected life span of more than 15 years. The endurance of these IBs is 20 hours. Each IB would be manned by 12 crew, including 01 officer and 02 Subordinate Officers.
The Chief Guest brought out that, the Coast Guard is on the path of rapid expansion which requires large number of state of art ships and aircraft to strengthen the maritime security mechanism in present scenario.