Indian Coast Guard Ship H-189, Air Cushion Vehicles


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KEMMANNU NEWS NETWORK, 20-11-2012 18:33:02


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Mumbai Nov. 20 :- Indian Coast Guard Ship H-189, the third of the series of twelve Air Cushion Vehicles designed and built by M/S griffon Hoverworks Limited, UK was commissioned at Mumbai by Vice Admiral SK Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by Inspector General SPS Basra, Commander Coast Guard region (West), Deputy Inspector General BS Yadav, Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West) and other dignitaries from Central and State Government.

The 21 meters long Air Cushion Vehicle with 31 tonnes displacement can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The Vehicle is capable of undertaking multi-farious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to small boats/ craft in distress at sea.

With the commissioning of H-189, the force level of ICG has gone up to 77 ships and boats and with the planned inductions the force level would be doubling by 2018. The Air Cushion Vehicle H-189 will be based at Okha under the Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard region (N0rth-West). The Hovercraft is commanded by Commandant Yogesh Dutta. The Hovercraft has a crew of 02 officers and 11 Enrolled personnel. In pic Guard of Honor before the Commissioning Ceremony of H-189.

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