The Indian Coast Guard Ship C-161 was commissioned in Porbandar. The aim behind the commissioning was to strengthen coastal security. The Interceptor boat is 27.64 meters in length with a displacement of 107 tonnes and can achieve maximum speed of 35 knots. The IB is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search, rescue and rendering assistance to boats and crafts in distress at sea. It is capable of operating in shallow waters as well as in deep seas. As per the basing plan, the Region (North West) shall be placing nine additional ships in the Gujarat region by 2021. It will strengthen the security umbrella of west coast and also help augment patrolling to prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing. IGCS C-161 will be based at Vadinar and was commissioned by Air Marshal RK Dhir.
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