Fast Patrol Vessel, CGS Valiant, the second Fast Patrol Vessel being built for Mauritius Coast Guard, Government of Mauritius was ceremoniously launched on 2nd Feb 2017 at GSL by Mrs Ella Mital. This is in the quick succession of commissioning of the first FPV on 10 Dec 2016 by Hon’ble PM of Mauritius at Port Louis, in the distinguished presence of Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.

Mrs K. Napaul, the Consul and Head of Consulate of Mauritius at Mumbai was the Chief Guest for the function. RAdm Shekhar Mital, CMD GSL, Directors of GSL, Officers from Sri Lankan Navy, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard were also present amongst other prominent dignitaries.

While addressing the gathering, Mrs. K Napaul lauded the excellent work being done in the shipyard. The Consul stated ‘The delivery of the 1st FPV to Government of Mauritius on time was one of the milestones which would be written in red ink in the history. The second ship, CGS Valiant would further add a new dimension to the country’s maritime capability”

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 22nd May 2015. In line with the track record of GSL, for timely delivery of quality ships, this vessel will also be delivered much ahead of its contractual schedule of June 2017, similar to the first ship of the series.” He added vessel will be ready for delivery by Apr 2017.

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 50 meters long with full displacement of 288 Tons. The ship has an endurance of approximately 2000NM at cruising speed of 12-14 Knots. 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.

GSL is largest exporter of ships from Indian subcontinent and is presently executing export orders worth Rs. 1200 Cr.  GSL prides itself in timely delivery of ships at ‘fixed cost’ and enjoys very strong execution skills. The yard is growing rapidly and is expected to increase its turnover from Rs. 725 Crs to over Rs. 1000 Crs this year, which will further move up to Rs. 1500 Crs in FY 18.



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