Indian Coast Guard ship to visit Doha
January 21 2016 08:55 PM
ICGS Sankalp
The Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Sankalp will be visiting Doha Port from January 24 to 28.

Doha

In the framework of the deep-rooted friendly ties and multi-faceted and growing co-operation between India and Qatar, Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS Sankalp will be visiting Doha Port from January 24 to 28, in conjunction with the celebrations of India’s 67th Republic Day, which falls on January 26.

Doha is the first port of call by ICGS Sankalp during her upcoming overseas deployment to the Gulf region covering Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman.

ICGS Sankalp, the 5th Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of the Indian Coast Guard, was indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited and commissioned on May 20, 2008. Sankalp, meaning Determination, is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and motivation to strive for excellence.

ICGS Sankalp has 16 officers and 97 other personnel under the Command of Deputy Inspector General Mukul Garg. The ship is based at Mumbai, under the administrative and operational command of Coast Guard Regional Commander (West), Mumbai.

The 105m AOPV is equipped with state of the art navigational and communication sensors and other equipment and is capable of embarking Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and Chetak helicopters. At economical speed, she has an endurance of 6500 nautical miles and can stay at sea for 25 days without any replenishment, thus sailing up to her motto – ‘Extending the Horizon’.   

ICGS Sankalp has been extensively deployed on the Western seaboard from Gujarat to Kerala coast, International Maritime Boundary Line patrol and surveillance off Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands. The ship has also visited many foreign ports on goodwill visits during overseas deployments, which include a maiden voyage by any Coast Guard vessel to Australia.

The visit of ICGS Sankalp is the third visit by an Indian Coast Guard Ship to Qatar in the last three years; ICGS Samudra Prahari and ICGS Vijit had made friendly voyages to Doha port in February 2013 and December 2014, respectively.

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