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The Indian engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) projects to defence multinational, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) launched the seventh and final offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at its Kattupalli defence shipyard, north of Chennai.
The vessel was launched at the hands of Hema Somanathan and was named "ICGS Vigraha", in the august presence of the Chief Guest Dr. TV Somanathan, Secretary (Expenditure), Ministry of Finance, Krishnaswamy Natarajan, Director General of Indian Coast Guard, Jayant Damodar Patil, Whole Time Director (Defence Business) and Member of the L&T Board and other dignitaries.
The vessel is the last in the series of seven OPVs contracted to L&T by the Ministry of Defence in March 2015. According to a company release, numerous benchmarks were set during the execution of the programme. For the first time, the entire design and construction of the OPV class of ships were undertaken by an Indian private sector shipyard. The delivery of "First of Class" OPV "ICGS Vikram" was done ahead of the contractual schedule. Achieving the build period of mere 19.5 months, it cleared all sea acceptance trials in a single sea sortie for the fifth OPV "ICGS Varad". The delivery of five OPVs of the series so far are all ahead of the contractual schedule.