Weekly Current Affairs

Rajnath Singh commissions offshore patrolling vessel Sarathi in Goa [Defence]

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned offshore patrolling (OPV) vessel, Sarathi, at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), the defence shipyard in south Goa.
  • This vessel is the third in the series of six OPVs built by the shipyard for Indian Coast Guard.
  • GSL can deliver three OPV vessels to ICG in the series of six vessels within nine months of scheduled time.
  • The induction of Sarathi will help meet increasing requirements of the Indian Coast Guard for policing and patrolling the vast Indian Exclusive Economic Zone.
  • The 105-metre Sarathi is designed to carry one twin-engine light helicopter and five high speed boats. It is equipped with integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system, high power external fire fighting system, and advanced electronic warfare systems.
  • it has superior fuel-efficiency, endurance, crew-comfort, and ergonomics and head space. Its smaller turning circle diameter enhances manoeuvrability and ability to get into combat position quickly.
  • The ship will also be deployed for surveillance and to safeguard the maritime interests of the country.