Porbandar: Indian Coast Guard Ship C-401, the first of the series of thirty-six Interceptor Boats designed and built by Larsen and Toubro, Surat was commissioned at Porbander by Air Marshal AK Gogoi PVSM AVSM VSM ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief South Western Air Command. The ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Inspector General BS Yadav, PTM, Commander Coast Guard Region (North West) and other distinguished guests from various Central and State agencies.
The 30 metres long Interceptor Boat with 90 tonnes displacement can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and medium range armament. It is designed for high speed interception, close-coast patrol, low-intensity maritime operations, Search & Rescue and maritime surveillance.
With the commissioning of ICGS C-401, the force level of ICG has gone up to 77 ships & boats and with the planned inductions the force level would be doubling by 2018.
The Interceptor Boat C-401 will be based at Mundra under the Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West).
The IB is commanded by Dy Commandant Lakshya Sharma and has a crew of 01 Officer and 11 Enrolled Personnel.