Indian Coast Guard commissions first of new OPV series

The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned the first in the series of 98-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPV) at Chennai.

Vikram will be based at New Mangalore and will join the Western Region Fleet soon.

The first of seven OPVS being built at Larsen and Toubro Shipyard at Katupalli, Vikram took just 25 months to construct from keel-laying to completion.

Equipped with two rigid inflatable boats, 30mm and 12.7mm guns with fire control systems and helicopter operations, Vikram has an operating speed of 26 knots.

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