The Indian Coast Guard launched the sixth offshore patrol Vessel ‘Yard 45006 Vajra’ at the Kattupalli shipyard, near Chennai, in the presence of Minister of State for Shipping (Independent charge) and Chemicals and fertilisers, and other dignitaries from the Indian Coast Guard and Larsen & Toubro Shipbuilding.
The launching marks an important milestone as a vessel touches the water for the first time.
In India, ships have historically been launched with a Puja ceremony that dedicates the ship to a God and blessings are sought for the ship and her sailors. The ceremony involves a lady breaking a coconut on the bow of the vessel, along with Puja and festivities. The ship was launched by Smt Geeta Mandaviya, wife of Minister Shri Mansukh Mandaviya.
The offshore patrol Vessel (Vajra) is 98 meters long, 15 meters wide and has a gross tonnage of about 2100 tons and is equipped with two navigations radars with the latest communication technology.