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Apr 16, 2019
7:28AM

Army planning to carry out joint exercise with Indian Coast Guard: Army chief

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Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said the army is planning to carry out a joint training and exercise with the Indian Coast Guard. 

He was speaking after commissioning the coast guard's offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Veera, the third in the series of the new-generation OPV in Visakhapatnam yesterday. General Rawat said Veera will help the coast guard monitor maritime boundaries more effectively.

The 97-metre long and 15-metre wide Veera has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and can attain a sustained speed of upto 26 knots and is armed with two 12.7-mm heavy machine guns (HMGs) and a 30 mm-naval gun with fire control system.

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