State-of-the-Art Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-448 Commissioned at New Mangalore
“Delivering Exceptional Mission Performance and Support of Our Personnel Through Bold, Compassionate Leadership, Innovation, Partnerships and Professionalism”- Vision of No 3 Coast Guard District, Panambur, Mangaluru
Mangaluru: Yet another feather is added is added to cap of Indian Coast Guard No 3 at Panambur, Mangaluru with the commissioning of Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-448 today on 29 Jan 2020 at New Mangalore by TM Vijay Bhaskar, IAS, Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka, in the presence of Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) Inspector General A P Badola; and No.3 Coast Guard District Commander, Karnataka, DIG S S Dasila. A V Ramana, Chairman, NMPT; Ms Sindhu B Rupesh, IAS, Dy Commissioner DK Dist; Dr Selavamani R, IAS, CEO Zilla Panchayat DK Dist; Ajith Kumar Hegde, Commissioner, Mangaluru City Corporation; Chethan,IPS, SP, CSP Udupi; D B Mehta-MD, Allegro Group and Chairman of CREDAI, Mangaluru; Dr Prashant Marla, Medical Director AJ Hospital; Manjunath Bhandary- Chairman, Sahyadri College; Lal Goel- Chief Promoter, Pandit Health Resort Moodbidri were present among others.
The commissioning ceremony began with a spectacular march past by the Honour Coast Guard followed by Karnataka State Police Brass Band, after which they welcomed the dignitaries and also performed the guard of honour. The programme began with briefing of the Interceptor Boat C-448 by Commander S Navaneeth Krishnan (Retd) and present Chairman and Managing Director of the L & T Shipyard, where the IB was built. The welcome address was delivered by Inspector General-Coast Guard Region (West) A P Anand P Badola. Then came the moment of the day- Unveiling the colours on the IB, Rashtriya Salute, hoisting of colours and Commissioning Pennant was broken at the last bar of National Anthem. The IB plaque was unveiled by Chief Guest T M Vijay Bhaskar.
Addressing the gathering chief guest T M Vijay Bhaskar said, “By commissioning this interceptor boat we can look at the safety of the coastal belt of Karnataka, which is around 320 km. This IB can also prevent and crackdown on smuggling of drugs and other contraband items, and also serve during emergency as quick as possible. I like to compliment Coast Guard No 3 at Panambur under the leadership of Commander DIG SS Dasila who have done a yeomen service in rescuing stranded fishermen, and also played an important role in rescuing people during the recent floods. These Coast Guards have proved their Vision of Delivering Exceptional Mission Performance. Very soon the Coast Guard will have a training facility which will be built on a 168 acres of land at Kenjar, Mangaluru”
After presentation of mementos to the dignitaries, the chief guest along with other dignitaries took a tour of the IB, and then posed for a photography with Ship’s company, followed by a sumptuous and yummy breakfast catered by Hotel Taj Gateway, Mangaluru. The entire ceremony was meticulously and professionally compered by Asst Commandant Vishal Madani in English, and Asst Commandant Avkash Rawat in Hindi, both stationed on Offshore Patrol Vessel “Varaha”.
ABOUT INTERCEPTOR BOAT C-448:
C-448 is a high speed Interceptor Boat built by M/s L&T Shipyard. The Ship on joining the Indian Coast Guard fleet New Mangalore will be deployed extensively for patrolling and rescue operations and other duties as enshrined in Coast Guard Charter to safe guard the maritime interest of India. The Interceptor boat is 27.80 meters in length and has a displacement of 106 tons.This water jet propelled vessel has an endurance of 500 nautical miles at 20 knots and is capable of doing speed up to 45 knots.The vessel is fitted with latest State of the Art speed interception,close coast patrol, low intensity maritime operations, search and rescue and maritime surveillance.
The IB is capable of operating in shallow water as well as deep seas. The quick reaction capability coupled with modern equipment and system provides her the capability to respond to any maritime situation. C-448 has a crew of 12 personnel and is commanded by Assistant Commandant Apoorva Sharma. The IB will be based at New Mangalore under Administrative and Operational control of the Commander Coast Guard (West).