L&T Built Offshore Patrol Vessel Commissioned For Indian Coast Guard
The Offshore Patrol Vessel ICGS Vikram, indigenously designed and built by Larsen and Toubro, was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard in the august presence of Hon'ble Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre, at L&T’s Defence shipyard at Kattupalli, near Chennai.
The vessel is the ‘First of Class’ of seven new generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) contracted by Ministry of Defence (MoD) to L&T in March 2015, under government’s initiative of ‘Make in India’.
DG Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Director General of Indian Coast Guard, IG Rajan Bargotra, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (East), Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD, Larsen & Toubro, Mr. J.D. Patil, Whole-time Director (Defence) and Member of L&T Board, Vice Admiral (Retd) B. Kannan, MD & CEO L&T Shipbuilding, and other dignitaries graced the occasion.
After its keel was laid in March 2016, ICGS Vikram has been commissioned in a record period of 25 months, including build time, harbour trials and sea trials. The commissioning of the indigenously designed and built OPV is a befitting curtain-raiser to the ‘Make in India’ theme of DEFEXPO 2018 that opens in Chennai.