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First Mauritius coastguard fast attack craft launched in India

First Mauritius coastguard fast attack craft launched in India

Mauritius, March 4 (UITV)- In a new chapter in Indo-Mauritian Defence co-operation, the Goa government launched a Fast Petrol Vessel (FPV), ‘MCGS Victory’, designed and built in-house by the Goa Shipyard Limited for Mauritius Coast Guard.

The shipyard made the announcement on 29 February, saying that the 50 meter vessel was named MCGS Victory during ceremony attended by the High Commissioner of Mauritius, Jagdishwar Goburdhan. The High Commissioner said the vessel will safeguard their vast maritime zone of their country and stated that based on the track record of Goa Shipyard, the government of Mauritius was confident of getting these high quality ships within the contractual delivery time.

The vessel developed and built by Goa Shipyard, is designed for costal petrol, anti-poaching, anti-drug surveillance, anti-smuggling, anti-piracy and search and rescue operations. It is armed with a 30mm CRN-91 gun, 7.62mm medium machine gun, 12.7mm heavy machine gun, and navigation and communication equipment. The 50 meter vessel can travel at speeds of up to 35 knots.

Shekhar Mital, chairman and managing director, Goa Shipyard, said that the contract of the vessel was signed on 17th May 2014. He said the vessel will be delivered ahead of the contractual schedule of Sept. 2016. GSL is the largest exporters of ships from the Indian subcontinent and has an export order book worth Rs. 1,200 crore.

India and Mauritius have enjoyed good political, economic and military relations. Indian Navy vessels often petrol Mauritian waters and India has provided military hardware to the country, such as an HAL Dhruv light utility helicopter.