Indian Coast Guard has commissioned its new Fast Patrol Vessel Kanaklata Barua

According to a Tweet released by the Indian Coast Guard on September 30, 2020, the Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) Kanaklata Barua was commissioned by the Indian Coast Guard on September 30, 2020, at Kolkata by Shri Jiwesh Nandan, IAS, Additional Secretary, MoD Ministry of Defense.
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The Kanaklata Barua is one of the five FPVs (Fast Patrol Boat) built by GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd.), which is one of India's leading shipyards, located in Kolkata, West Bengal.

The entire design of the FPVs has been developed locally by the Indian shipbuilder GRSE according to specific requirements of the Indian Coast Guard.

GRSE has designed and built a number of warships and patrol vessels for the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. Vessels built at GRSE include guided-missile frigates, corvettes, fleet tankers, fast patrol vessels, amphibious warfare vessels, and hovercraft.

The Kanaklata Barua is a Fast Patrol Boat with a length of 50 meters, a width of 7.5 meters, and a displacement of around 308 tones, according to information provided by GRSE. "This powerful, fuel-efficient vessel is designed to perform multipurpose operations like patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching, and rescue operations," added GRSE.

The Kanaklata Barua FPV can reach a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles. It is motorized with three main engines.