Embassy of India
Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) SAMARTH is visiting Al Jubail Port, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a three day good will visit from November 8-11, 2017. The good will visit of the SAMARTH aims at enhancing interactions and cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and Saudi Arabia Maritime Agencies, and conducting combined exercises / interaction so as to consolidate the professional and work relationship with Saudi Arabia and its respective agencies.
Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS SAMARTH, the 1st in the series of 105 meter Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is a newly commissioned ship of Indian Coast Guard. Samarth meaning capable is a projection of Indian Coast Guard’s will and commitment ‘to serve and protect” the maritime interest of the nation. The ship is designed and built indigenously M/s Goa Shipyard Limited and is fitted with the most advanced Navigation and Communication equipment, sensors and machineries by means of state-of-the-art technology. The ship is also capable of carrying one Helicopter and has five high speed boats.
The ship will be undertaking various maritime related joint training programmes with Saudi Arabian Maritime Agencies during the three day visit which mainly includes Pollution Response exercise, Maritime Search and Rescue and maritime Law enforcement.
Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) SAMARTH has 25 Officers and 115 Enrolled personnel and presently based at Goa on India’s Western seaboard. The Ship is commanded by Deputy Inspector General KR Deepak Kumar.
The ship will be berthed at Al Jubail Port until Saturday, November 11, 2017 as part of its visit to Gulf countries.