The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship 'Sajag' was commissioned by National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval on 29 May 2021. According to the official statement by ICG, Sajag, the third in the series of 105 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) was commissioned.

What

  1. 'Sajag' meaning 'Vigilant' is a projection of Indian Coast Guard's will and commitment 'Ready, Relevant and Responsive' towards the maritime interest of the nation.
  2. ICG said that this state-of-the-art ship has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited and is fitted with advanced technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery.
  3. The vessel is fitted with a 40/60 Bofors gun and two 12.7 mm SRCG guns with FCS.
  4. The ship is also equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External firefighting (EFF) system.
  5. The ship is designed to carry one twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats including two inflatable boats for boarding operation, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol.
  6. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spills at sea.
  7. The ship, on joining the Coast Guard fleet, will be based at Porbandar. She will be deployed extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter.

Flashback

  1. Presently, the Indian Coast Guard has a fleet of 157 ships and 62 aircraft.
  2. Further, 34 surface platforms are at various stages of construction at different Indian Shipyards and 16 Advance Light Helicopters are under production at HAL, Bengaluru which will provide the added strength to the surveillance capabilities of ICG to deal with the ever-dynamic maritime challenges.