Indian Coast Guard ship Samrat visits PHL

November 10, 2012 12:23 am 

MANILA, Nov. 9 – The Indian Coast Guard ship Samrat sailed into Philippine waters Thursday for a four-day training visit with its counterparts at the Philippine Coast Guard.

Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo, PCG spokesperson, said training exercises include anti-piracy drills and various lifesaving moves at sea.

He said the visit will also include sports activities to further foster strong working and personal bonds between the ICG and the PCG.

ICG Samrat is an advance offshore patrol vessel designed and built by M/S Goa Shipyard Limited, India and was commissioned only this Jan. 21.

It has an overall length of 105 meters with 2,300 gross tonnages and maximum speed of 25 knots.

The special features of the ship include an integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, high power with extended range external fire fighting system, Deluge System and two Indian-built medium range 30 mm gun mounts with remote control firing provisions.

The “infra red surveillance system” installed aboard is an additional capability for the ship’s crew to detect targets during dark hours.

The ship is based at Mumbai and is commanded by DIG Mukesh Purohit, TM. (PNA)

HBC/PFN

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