The Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGSs) ‘Aryaman’ and ‘Atulya’ were commissioned into Indian Coast Guard in Kochi, Kerala. These ships are the eighteenth and nineteenth in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited.
• The ships have been christened ICGS ‘Aryaman’ and ‘Atulya’. Aryaman literally meaning is ‘Possessor of Greatness’ and Atulya meaning is ‘Unrivalled’.
• Both FPVs are 50m long and have displace of 317 tonnes of water. They can achieve a maximum speed of 33 knots with range of 1500 nautical miles.
• They are equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry, advanced communication and navigational equipment.
• These FPVs are ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction and search and rescue.
• These ships have onboard Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS) and Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS).
• Aryaman will be based at Kochi under the administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West)
• Atulya will be based at Visakhapatnam under the administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
About Indian Coast Guard (ICG):
• ICG is India’s statutory multi-mission paramilitary organization that protects country’s maritime interests and enforces maritime law.
• It was established on 18 August, 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 and operates under the aegis of Union Ministry of Defence.
• Its headquarters are in New Delhi. ICG has jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).