Goa March 29, 2016 - In a new chapter in Indo-Mauritian Defence Cooperation, Mrs Smita Parsekar, wife of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar launched the First Fast Patrol Vessel, MCGS VICTORY (50 meter length) designed and built in house by Goa Shipyard Limited for Mauritius Coast Guard on 29th Feb 2016 at GSL in an impressive ceremony.
Chief Minister of Goa,Shri Laxmikant Parsekar was the Chief Guest for the function. H.E. Mr Jagdishwar Goburdhan, High Commissioner of the Republic of Mauritius in India, Carlos Almeida, MLA, Vasco were also present amongst other prominent dignitaries.
Chief Minister while addressing the gathering lauded the excellent work being done in the shipyard and complemented CMD GSL and his team for the spectacular turnaround achieved since the present CMD took over two years back. He further added that the award of Rs 32000 Crs MCMV project is set to minimize the impact of Mining restrictions and will boost the state’s economy by creating more job opportunities for the locals and setting up ancillary units. Chief Minister also complimented the work force on their working skills and positive attitude, which is an example for others to emulate. Chief Minister was given rousing reception by the Employees union and Officers’ Association during his maiden visit to the yard. He also interacted with the work force and shared their experiences, concerns etc.
H.E. Shri J Goburdhan, The Mauritian High Commissioner highlighted the important role of the vessels, being built at GSL, in safeguarding their vast maritime zone and stated that based on the high professional capability and track record of GSL, Govt of Mauritius is confident of getting these high quality ships within contractual delivery time.
RAdm Shekhar Mital, CMD, GSL Said, “Contract of the vessel was signed on 17 May 2014, while the keel of this vessel was laid on 18 Dec 2014. Launching of first of the series vessel, within 14 months of keel laying is a record in itself. He assured that the vessel as per the track record of GSL, will be delivered ahead of the contractual schedule of Sept 2016.” CMD thanked Ministry of Defence, State Government and local authorities for providing all the necessary assistance, which has enabled GSL to achieve new milestones in the performance.
This vessel is primarily designed for Coastal Patrolling, Anti-piracy, Anti-smuggling, Anti-drug Surveillance, Anti-poaching Operations, and Search and Rescue Operations.The vessel is fitted with 30 mm CRN-91 Gun, 12.7 mm HMGs & 7.62 mm MMGs besides state-of-the-art Navigation and Communication equipment and is capable of achieving a high speed of 35 knots.