OPV ‘Yard 45006 VAJRA’

MAR 2

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In News:

The 6th offshore patrol vessel, Yard 45006 Vajra, was launched to improve the capacity of the Indian Coast Guard.

About Yard 45006 VAJRA

  • Yard 45006 Vajra is an offshore patrol vessel that was built under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
  • It is the 6th in a series of 7 such vessels being built by Larsen & Toubro Shipbuilding Ltd. The vessel was launched at the Kattupalli Port in Chennai.
  • OPVs are long-range surface ships capable of coastal and offshore patrolling, policing maritime zones, control & surveillance, anti-smuggling & anti-piracy operations with limited wartime roles.
  • The ship would be utilized for day and night patrol/surveillance along with anti-terrorist/ anti-smuggling operations in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as well as Coastal Security.
  • It will strengthen the efforts of Indian Coast Guard for securing over 7500 km vast coastline, an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of over 20 lakh sq kms and more than one lakh merchant ships transiting per year through Indian waters for global trade.

 

PRELIMS QUESTION:

Q. Yard 45006 VAJRA which was launched recently is a?

a) Aircraft Carrier

b) Frigate

c) Stealth Submarine

d) Offshore patrol vessel

Answer to Prelims question