- Title: Defence minister commissions patrol vessel in southern India
- Date: 28th August 2021
- Summary: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (AUGUST 28, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP 'VIGRAHA' DOCKED VARIOUS OF INDIAN DEFENCE MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH (C) SITTING WITH DIGNITARIES NATIONAL ANTHEM BEING PLAYED ON INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP 'VIGRAHA' FLAGS BEING UNFURLED FLAGS FLUTTERING ON INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP 'VIGRAHA' SOLDIERS ABOARD INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP 'VIGRAHA' (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIAN DEFENCE MINISTER, RAJNATH SINGH, SAYING: "The commissioning of this ship showcases significant improvement in our coastal defence capability as also our ever-increasing self-reliance in the defence sector." INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP 'VIGRAHA' (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIAN DEFENCE MINISTER, RAJNATH SINGH, SAYING: "Due to global security reasons, border disputes and maritime dominance, countries around the world are moving towards modernising and strengthening their military power. The demand for military equipment is increasing continuously. Reports suggest that in the next one or two years, i.e. by 2023, the expenditure on security around the world is going to reach 2.1 trillion U.S. dollars." SINGH UNVEILING PLAQUE ON INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP 'VIGRAHA'/SINGH POSING FOR PICTURES SINGH WALKING VARIOUS OF SINGH BEING BRIEFED BY COAST GUARD OFFICIAL
- Embargoed: 11th September 2021 11:22
- Keywords: Chennai India Indian Coast Guard Rajnath Singh Vigraha fleet patrol vessel sea routes ship
- Location: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA
- City: CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Defence,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ES70OR3
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- Story Text: Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned indigenously developed Indian Coast Guard patrol vessel 'Vigraha' into service in southern Chennai city on Saturday (August 28).
"The commissioning of this ship showcases significant improvement in our coastal defense capability as also our ever-increasing 'self-reliance' in the defense sector," Singh said after commissioning the vessel.
'Vigraha' meaning "free from any kind of bondage", is a state-of-the-art ship that can carry one twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats for boarding operation, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.
'Vigraha', seventh in the series of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), will be based in port city of Visakhapatnam and operate on the eastern seaboard under the Operational and Administrative Control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
Since the deadly Mumbai attacks of 2008, India's has been beefing up its coastal security and the ICG has over 150 ships now and 20,000 active personnel.
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