Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship ‘Sajag’ was commissioned by National Security Advisor, (NSA), Ajit Doval today. ICGS Sajag is the third in series of 105m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPVs) indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in lines with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of the Make in India initiative.
ICGS Sajag is fitted with modern and advanced machinery and computerised control systems. It is one of the most advanced patrol vessels in service with the Indian Coast Guard.
Sajag was commissioned in the presence of Dr. Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary of India and Krishnaswamy Natarajan, Director-General of the Indian Coast Guard along with other senior dignitaries of both State and Central Government.
‘Sajag’ stands for ‘Vigilant’ is a projection of the Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment- ‘Ready, Relevant and Responsive’ towards the maritime interest of the nation.
The vessel is fitted with a 40/60 Bofors gun and two 12.7 mm SRCG guns with FCS. The ship is also equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External firefighting (EFF) system.
This made in India ship is designed to carry one twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats including two inflatable boats for boarding operation, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spills at sea.
“The ship displaces approximately 2350 tons (GRT) and is propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots. She has an endurance of 6000 nm at an economical speed. The sustenance and reach, coupled with the latest and modern equipment and system, provides her with the capability to perform the role of a command platform and undertake tasks to fulfil the Coast Guard charter,” ICG said in a statement.
The ship, on joining the Coast Guard fleet will be based at Porbandar. The ship will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter.
ICGS Sajag is commanded by Deputy Inspector General Sanjay Negi and manned by 12 officers and 99 men.