By A Newsman
Kolkata, 25 April: THE Coast Guard has added more teeth to its operational capabilities in Bengal with the commissioning of a high speed interceptor boat C-424.
Inspector general KR Nautiyal, the Coast Guard commander for north east region, commissioned the ship at a ceremony at Coast Guard Jetty at Haldia in East Midnapore today.
With this, the Coast Guard fleet in Bengal now includes two fast Patrol Vessels, four Hovercrafts, two Interceptor Boats, Radar Station, and an ACV forward operating base at Frazerganj in South 24-Parganas.
“The ship will add more strength to the Coast Guard here and will patrol the vital Bay of Bengal,” Nautiyal said at the commissioning ceremony.
C-424 is a 27-meters long ship built at L&T Surat and can achieve 45 knots of speed at its peak. The ship is equipped with latest navigational and communication equipment and has a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun as main armament. It is also fitted with night vision and infrared devices for day and night surveillance.