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Odisha Coastline Gets ‘Vijaya’ OPV At Paradip For Coast Guard Security

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05 October 2018

Binay Kumar Ray

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Paradip: In a bid to strengthen the 480-km-long Odisha coastline security, economic zone surveillance as well as search and rescue stranded fishermen, Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ‘Vijaya’ has joined the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at the Paradip port.

ICG DIG Rakesh Makwana received the most advanced OPV here yesterday (Thursday) while ‘Vijaya’ was launched by Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra on September 14.

The 98-metre-long OPV is indigenously built and equipped with modern communication and navigational tools while its speed is 26 nautical miles per hour.

In his media reactions, ICG DIG Rakesh Makwana informed, “Vijaya will lend security to the Odisha coast as well as its adjoining areas. Above all, it will strengthen the international maritime boundary line.”

The ICG DIG also informed that the OPV’s navigation and communication equipments are ultra modern and advanced and also capable of carrying a helicopter.

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Rakesh Makwana, DIG, Indian Coast Guard