• Defence minister commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Sachet’ in Goa.
• The ICGS Sachet, the first in the series of five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has been designed & built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
• The 105 metre longship ‘Sachet’ meaning alert displaces approximately 2,350 tons and is propelled by two 9,100 KW diesel engines designed to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots, with an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles.
• The ship is designed to carry a twin-engine helicopter and four high speed boats and one inflatable boat for swift boarding and search & rescue operations. The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to undertake oil spill pollution response at sea.
Mains Paper 3: Defense and Security
Prelims level: Interceptor boats commissioned