Indian Coast Guard launches offshore patrol vessel ‘Vigraha’

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News: Indian Coast Guard have launched an offshore patrol vessel named ‘Vigraha’.

Facts:

  • Vigraha: It is an offshore patrol vessel(OPV) built and designed by Larsen and Toubro Shipbuilding under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Additional Facts:

  • Offshore patrol vessels(OPVs): These are patrolling vehicles which are deployed by Indian coast guards to patrol the maritime boundary of India.
  • Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel: It is a series of seven offshore patrol vessels(OPV) being built by L&T Shipbuilding for the Indian Coast Guard.The seven OPVs are: a) Vikram b) Vijaya c) Varaha d) Veera d) Varad e) Vajra and f) Vigraha.
  • Indian Coast Guard(ICG): It is a multi-mission organization launched in 1978 with the objective of superintendence and policing of India’s maritime areas including the Exclusive Economic Zone.It operates under the Ministry of Defence.