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Rajnath commissions Coast Guard vessel
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Rajnath commissions Coast Guard vessel

S.Murari

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday commissioned Varahi, an off-shore patrol vessel of the Indian Coast Guard at a function in Chennai.

Named after one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu, Varahi, the Minister in a tweet said: May Lord Varuna always bestows His blessings on the crew of ICG Varaha for contributing effectively towards the nation's maritime Interest and keeping our national flag flying high”.

Varaha is the fourth in the series of seven Vikram class offshore patrol vessels being built for the Indian Coast Guard by Larsen & Toubro at its shipyard in Kattupalli near Chennai.

These are long range surface ships which are capable of coastal and offshore patrolling. The vessel will have a naval gun and a helicopter. 'Varaha' refers to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu when he took the form of a boar to rescue goddess earth from the ocean by lifting her .

Speaking on the occasion,the Defence Minister said: " Our Army, Navy and Air Force are completely prepared to meet any kind of security challenges that our country is facing”.

His reference was to the statement of army chief Gen Bipin Rawat that Pakistan had reactivated the Balakot terror camp which was hit by the Indian Air Force in a surgical strike and nearly 500 terrorists were waiting to infiltrate into India.

When his attention was drawn at a press conference later to Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh's letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about arms flow through drones by Pakistan, Rajnath Singh said ''we are fully prepared for any kind of challenge with respect to security''.

He said the drone incidents were just one of Pakistan's "sinister designs" following abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.