Chennai, Sep 25 : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday formally commissioned the offshore patrol vessel 'ICGS 'Varaha' at the Chennai Port Trust and said it would be a force multiplier for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
Mr Rajnath Singh unveiled a plaque to commemorate the commissioning of the state-of-the-art ICGS Varaha in the presence of ICG Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and other Central and State government officials.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the ship would be a force multiplier for Indian Coast Guard as it has the capability to operate twin engine ALH Helicopters developed indigenously by HAL.
He said it was indeed reassuring to witness the growing strength of the ICG, the 'Sentinels of our seas and lauded the efforts of the ICG and the L and T, which had built the ship in a record time, for bringing back Varaha overseas.
The multitude challenges of drug trafficking, incidents of oil spill and the growing threat of maritime terrorism calls for cooperation on regional arrangements with various Maritime Nations and the ICG over the years had built bonds of diplomacy, he added.
'This ship was well equipped with all the modern technology and the facilities required by the ICG to ensure maritime security for our country', he added. (UNI)