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Coast Guard’s multi-mission patrol vessel ‘Varad’ commissioned

Chennai, February 28 | Enhancing Indian Coast Guard’s rescue and surveillance capabilities, its latest multi-mission offshore patrol vessel ‘Varad’, equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, was commissioned by Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya here on Friday.

The 98-metre long vessel, which can carry two-engine light helicopters with night flying capabilities, can travel up to 10,000 kms non-stop, also has four high-speed boats including two rigid hull inflatable boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and patrol, the Coast Guard said.

The Minister unveiled a plaque marking the commissioning of the ship, which underwent extensive trials since August last year when it was launched.

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