Indian Coast Guard Ship Samarth, the first in the series of six Off Shore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) was commissioned at Goa by Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parrikar
The ship, on joining the Coast Guard Fleet will be based at Goa. She will be deployed primarily for EEZ surveillance and other duties. The vessel will be exploited extensively on the Western Seaboard, to safeguard the maritime interests of India. Presently, Indian Coast Guard has a Fleet of 117 Ships. Further 74 Ships are at various stages of construction at different Indian shipyards. The commissioning of this vessel and other platforms will add additional punch to the Indian Coast Guard which will emerge as a stronger and more potent force, to address the emerging security challenges in our maritime boundaries.
‘Samarth’ meaning ‘Capable’ is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment “To serve and protect” the maritime interest of the nation. ICGS Samarth will be manned by a complement of 14 Officers and 98 men and is commanded by Deputy Inspector General Rakesh Pal, TM under the overall command and control of Commander Coast Guard Region (West).
In the present security scenario, with increased threat from maritime terrorism, the induction of a sophisticated and state-of-the-art Offshore Patrol Vessel, will provide the desired fillip to the maritime protection of the Coastal State of Goa in particular and the Indian coast in general.