L&T Launches 4th Offshore Patrol Vessel For Coast Guard
Continuing with its remarkably reliable performance, L&T launched the fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) today ahead of schedule for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The vessel was launched at the hands of Mrs. Chitra Chafekar at L&T’s Kattupalli Shipyard, near Chennai in the august presence of the Chief Guest, IG Vijay D Chafekar, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (West) of Indian Coast Guard.
The vessel is fourth in the series of seven Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) being designed and constructed by L&T for a contract from the Ministry of Defence awarded in March 2015. In Apr-2018, L&T set a new benchmark in the history of Indian defence shipbuilding by delivering the ‘First of Class’ OPV named ICGS Vikram ahead of schedule. This was followed by another ahead of schedule delivery of second OPV, ICGS Vijaya in Aug-2018. Third OPV, which was also launched in Aug-2018, is presently being readied for sea trials.
L&T is the only shipyard in India that has consistently delivered the defence vessels ahead of schedule under ‘Make in India’ programme. L&T’s stellar delivery performance stems from complete in-house design, modular construction approach, modern shipyard infrastructure, deployment of innovative digital solutions, highly experienced human resources and sound financial strength.
L&T has thus far delivered 45 defence vessels to the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. All these vessels were completely designed in-house at L&T’s Warship Design Centre using sophisticated design and digital analysis tools. The Floating Dock FDN-2 for the Indian Navy, designed and built for the first time in India, was delivered in March 2018 and is fully operational. Further, 42 Interceptor Boats have been delivered out of the series of 54 Boats being built for the Coast Guard and the remaining 12 are also ready for delivery, with the program being ahead of schedule by about two years.