Kochi: Cochin Shipyard on Friday delivered the Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Aryaman, to Indian Coast Guard 95 days ahead of the contractual schedule.
It is the 18th vessel in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels under construction for the Indian Coast Guard.
The Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance was signed between Suresh Babu NV, Director (Operations), CSL and
Commanding Officer (Designate) of the vessel Cmdt Neeraj Singh in the presence of senior officials of ICG and CSL.
The vessel will be operated from the Coast Guard Station at Kochi, a CSL release said in Kochi.
"These vessels help in securing the Nation's Coasts by patrolling within the Exclusive Economic Zone and Coastal
Patrol, carrying out anti-smuggling, anti-piracy and search and rescue operations, and for fisheries protection and
monitoring," it said.
They also have a secondary role of providing a communication link, and escort coastal convoys, in times of
hostilities and war, it said.
The CSL said this financial year, it has delivered seven Fast patrol Vessels to the Indian Coast Guard and a Buoy
Tender Vessel to Department of Lighthouses and Lightships.