- The Coast Guard’s latest and largest offshore patrol vessel, Samarth, was commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
- Samarth is first in the series of six 105m offshore patrol vessels and has been built by Goa Shipyard.
- The ship has a displacement of 2450 tonnes, and is equipped with sophisticated technology, sensors, navigation, communication and weapon systems.
- Samrath will be based in Goa and will be extensively used for Exclusive Economic Zone and other duties as it is set to be exploited extensively on the Western Seaboard, said Coast Guard officials.
- It will be carrying one twin-engine helicopter and five high-speed boats.
- It is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain any oil spill at sea.
Samarth has a maximum speed of 23 knots and has an endurance of 6000 nautical miles at economical speed.