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ICGS Vigraha decommissioned

Date: 16 May 2019 Tags: Defence & Security

Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Vigraha was decommissioned at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh after serving Coast Guard for 29 years. It was commissioned into service on April 12, 1990.

ICGS Vigraha

  • It was the seventh Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) built by Mazagaon Dock Ltd, Mumbai. It was first of its class among OPVs of third series.
  • It had played pivotal role in execution of assigned missions in seafronts of Coast Guard Regions of West, North West and East when it was based at Mumbai, Porbandar and Visakhapatnam respectively.
  • It had participated in major coast guard operations involving search and rescue, pollution response, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anti-poaching, repatriation and joint exercises among others.
  • It was also on dry lease to Sri Lankan Navy from August 2008 to January 2011. It was re-inducted into Indian Coast Guard (IGC) in January 2019 after which it was based at Visakhapatnam.