The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Thursday added Interceptor Boat C-145 to its fleet at the Porbander station on Thursday, ICG officials said.
The boat which is the third in the series of eleven Interceptor Boats being built by ABG Ship Yard, Surat, was commissioned by Vice Admiral and Director General Anil Chopra.
"With the induction of C-145, the operational capability of the Coast Guard will be further enhanced for shallow water operations," Chopra said.
He said new Coast Guard stations are being set up for addressing the security gaps along India's coastline for which necessary funds have been sanctioned. "Acquisition of surface and air assets are being pursued on a fast track basis, for protecting the nation from the threat emanating from the sea," Chopra added.
The Interceptor Boat C-145 is 28.3 meters long and weighs about 90 tonne.
With a crew capacity of 10 members, the water-jet propelled vessel is capable of achieving top speeds of 45 knots. The vessel is fitted with the latest state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and possesses medium range fire weapons.
The boat is specially designed for shallow water operation.