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Image: GRSE chairman Rear Admiral VK Saxena (left), his wife Kadambari Saxena, GRSE former chairman Rear Admiral AK Verma at the launch.

Kolkata: CITY-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) today launched the first of a series of five fast patrol vessels (FPV) that is in building for the Indian Coast Guard.

The ship has been launched at the Raja Bagan dock of the GRSE today morning and adhering to maritime traditions, the launching was done by Kadambari Saxena, wife of GRSE chairman Rear Admiral VK Saxena (retired).

Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), a former chairman of GRSE, was present as the chief guest.

The complete design of the five FPVs has been developed in-house by GRSE according to the requirements specified by the Coast Guard.

The ship is 50M long, 7.5M wide with a displacement of around 308 Tons. It is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.

The ship is equipped with three main engines with advanced control systems, water jet units, and an integrated bridge system that links all the communication and navigation systems.

These ships will be fitted with 40/60 Gun as the main armament and will have improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel.

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