Tenth Samarth-class OPV delivered to Indian Coast Guard

ICGS Samarth, the lead ship of the Samarth-class offshore patrol vessels of the Indian Coast Guard (Photo: Indian Coast Guard)

Goa Shipyard has delivered a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to the Indian Coast Guard.

The 105- by 12-metre ICGS Sarthak is the tenth to be built under the Samarth-class, which are improved variants of the coast guard’s earlier Sankalp-class OPVs. Its primary role will be to conduct patrols of the waters of India’s exclusive economic zone.

The OPV can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots or sail up to 6,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. Armament includes a 30-millimetre naval gun and two 12.7-millimetre machine guns.

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