The Indian Coast Guard Ship Rani Abbakka, the first of a series of five Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) built at Hindustan Shipyard Limited, the latest of the four defence public sector shipbuilders, was commissioned at Visakhapatnam by Minister of State for Defence Dr. MM Pallam Raju.
Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Indian Coast Guard Director General Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, and other senior dignitaries of the central and Andhra Pradesh government were present on the occasion.
The ship is named after Abbakka Mahadevi, the legendary queen of Tulunadu in Karnataka who fought the Portuguese in the latter half of the 16th century.
She was also one of the earliest Indians to fight the colonial powers and is sometimes regarded as the 'First Woman Freedom Fighter of India'.
The 50-metre Inshore Patrol Vessel, ICGS Rani Abbakka, the first of its class, has been designed and built indigenously by Hindustan Shipyard Limited.
The ship is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment.
The ship is propelled by three MTU 4000 series diesel engines of 2,720 KW capacity at 2,100 rpm, each coupled with three 71S II Rolls Royce Jets to attain maximum speed of 31.5 Knots.
At economical speed of 14 Knots, it has an endurance of 1,500 nautical miles. The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Machinery Control System (IMCS), and an indigenously built Gun Mount with Fire Control System.
The ship is designed to carry one Rigid Inflatable Boat and two Geminis for Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol.
ICGS "Rani Abbakka”, manned by five officers and 34 men under the command of the ship's first captain Commandant C Vivekananda, will be based at Chennai and will be under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (East).
The ship, on joining the Coast Guard Fleet will enhance the maritime security force’s capability in furthering its mandate of Maritime Safety, Maritime Security, Environmental Protection and Coastal Security on the Eastern seaboard.