Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) are long range surface vessels, capable of operating in the maritime areas of India including island territories with helicopter operation capabilities. Their roles include coastal and offshore patrols, policing in India’s maritime areas, control and surveillance, anti-smuggling and piracy operations with limited wartime roles.
“The L&T-built ICGS Vigraha Offshore Patrol Vessel was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) by Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence… in Chennai today, demonstrating its commitment to “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” by completing delivery of the seven OPVS ahead of the schedule contract,” the company said in a statement.
ICGS Vigraha is the latest vessel in the series of seven OPVs built by L&T under a Ministry of Defense contract signed in 2015. The seven OPV program has brought many accolades to the Indian defense industry. shipbuilding, including delivering all seven OPVs ahead of the contractual delivery schedule, including the ‘First of Class’ OPV ‘ICGS Vikram’ and achieving the construction period of only 19.5 months, erasing all sea acceptance trials in a single sea trip for the 5th OPV ‘ICGS Varad’.
This has been achieved under the difficult conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic by following appropriate COVID behavior among all workers at our shipyards.
“The ahead-of-schedule delivery of 7 OPVs is a historic milestone in ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’s’ journey in defence. This achievement takes on greater significance amid the unprecedented business disruptions caused by COVID- 19”, SN Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD, Larsen & Toubro, mentioned.