Defence Public Sector unit Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) has launched the 5th and the last Vessel of the indigenous Project for 5 Samarth-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard. Christened ICGS Saksham, the OPV is in the advanced stages of outfitting and is being readied for delivery by Oct 2021, as per the contractual schedule. The launch is a milestone due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and disruptions in supply chains. GSL has completed the 100% hull construction and launched the vessel within 18 months from keel laying in June 2019. Samarth-class is an improvement over the previous Sankalp class.
The indigenous Project was launched on 13th Nov 2016 and since then 2 vessels have been commissioned and all 5 have been launched.
These OPV’s are entirely designed in-house by the GSL. “These vessels will be fitted with most modern and technologically advanced machinery and computerized controls systems, making them the most advanced Patrol Vessels in service with the Indian Coast Guard on delivery. These 2400 tonnes vessels will be equipped with features like Quick Response Boats for rescue and anti-piracy, Gunnery simulators and many more advanced features. The hull would be the most efficient form designed by GSL and would provide for fuel efficiency, crew comfort and excellent sea keeping qualities'” states the GSL release.
“The launch of the Fifth OPV despite the serious supply chain constraints imposed by COVID-19 is a major feat for GSL. In line with the Shipyard’s tradition of delivering on time, we are confident to deliver this last vessel of the project, launched today, by Oct 2021. Our endeavour has been to maximise the indigenous content on these ships and I am happy to state that more than 70% indigenisation has been achieved for these ships,” said Cmde BB Nagpal, CMD GSL.
The other OPV’s of Samarth-class are ICGS Sachet, ICGS Sujeet, ICGS Sajag, and ICGS Sarthak.