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Kolkata: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) on Thursday launched two fast patrol vessels (FPV) in the river Hooghly in Kolkata.

The two ships ~ ICGS Amrit Kaur and ICGS Kamla Devi ~ are third and fourth in a series of five FPVs being built by GRSE for the Indian Coast Guard.

In keeping with maritime traditions, the ships were today simultaneously launched by Veena Naravane, wife of Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane, GoC-in-C of the Army’s Eastern Command.

GRSE chairman and MD, rear admiral VK Saxena, was present on the occasion.

The two ships launched today are 50 metres in length, 7.5 metres wide with a displacement of around 308 tons. These ships are designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.

The key armament of a 40/60 gun and improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel are the salient features of the ships.