News:ICGS Varaha was commissioned by Defence Minister at the Chennai port.
About ICGS Varaha:
- The ICGS Varaha is the fourth in the series of seven 98-meter Offshore Patrol Vessels(OPV) of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
- The ship has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at its Kattupalli ship building yard in Chennai.
- The name ‘Varaha’ is taken from Puranas who was the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu which took the form of Boar to protect mother earth by carrying her out of the sea on his tusks.
- The ship is fitted with the latest navigation and communication equipment.
- The vessel also has some of the most advanced sensors and machinery.It also has the capability of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
- The ship’s special features include the integrated Bridge System, Automated Power Management System and indigenously built Integrated Platform Management System and Halo Traversing System.
- The Indian Coast Guard is a multi-mission organization entrusted with superintendence and policing of India’s maritime areas including the Exclusive Economic Zone.
- ICG was formally established in 1978 by the Coast Guard Act,1978 as an independent Armed force of India.It operates under the Ministry of Defence.
- The organization is headed by the Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG).