The Indian Coast Guard commissioned the Hovercraft H‑187 into service at Okha in Gujarat.
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H‑187 is the first of a line of twelve Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) designed and built by Griffon Hoverwork Limited (GHL), UK. It is commanded by Commandant Anurag Kaushik, who is a communication specialist. The hovercraft has a crew of two Officers and 11 Enrolled Personnel (EPs).
H‑187 was commissioned by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, AVSM, NM, the Director General Indian Coast Guard.
Deputy Inspector General BS Yadav, PTM, Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West) and other officials from the Central and State Government were also present at the induction, according to a Coast Guard statement.
The 21-meter long ACV displaces 31 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The ACV can take on a variety of roles including ‘surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to small boats/craft in distress at sea’, according to a statement issued today.
The hovercraft will be under the ‘administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West)’ and will be based at Okha.
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