INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP VIKRAM TO ARRIVE TODAY ON THREE-DAY VISIT.
Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Vikram will arrive in Muscat on a three-day goodwill visit on Wednesday. The visit is aimed at enhancing interactions and cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Royal Oman Police Coast Guard.
ICGS Vikram, the first in the series of 98m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is a newly commissioned ship of Indian Coast Guard. The ship has approximately 100-member crew and is commanded by Commandant Raj Kamal Sinha.
ICGS Vikram has been designed and built in India by Larsen and Toubro at its Defence shipyard at Kattupalli.
The vessel is fitted with most advanced state-of-the-art technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery. The vessel is fitted with a 30mm gun to boost the ship's fighting capabilities.
ICGS Vikram class OPVs are long-range surface ships which operate in Indian maritime zones including island territories.
Their role is to conduct coastal and offshore patrolling, policing maritime zones, search and rescue, surveillance, anti-smuggling and anti-piracy operations with limited wartime roles. The ship is designed to carry one twin-engine helicopter and two high speed boats along with two hull inflatable boats.
The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea. It is on a month-long deployment in the GCC which has resulted in the build-up of mutual understanding and camaraderie amongst coast guards in the region.
Oman and Indian Coast Guards signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Crime Prevention at Sea in May 2016 and regularly conduct high-level meetings. The next high level meeting is scheduled in India in late 2019.
During the three-day visit to Muscat, the ship's crew will utilise the opportunity to undertake various maritime related joint training activities with Oman focussing on Marine Pollution Response, Maritime Search and Rescue and Maritime Law enforcement.
The close relations developed between the Royal Oman Coast Guard Police and ICG has been very beneficial in coordination with search and rescue efforts in the Arabian Sea.
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|Publication:||Muscat Daily (Muscat, Oman)|
|Date:||Dec 26, 2018|
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