Last Updated: 13 April 2007

An HH-65A Dolphin helicopter of the US Coast Guard hovers next to CGS Samar 42 during Ex Malabar 2006. This image was captured by SR Kumar, Indian Coast Guard and won second prize in the Intra-Coast Guard photography contest held on 01 February 2007. Image  Indian Coast Guard

CGS Samar 42 'rubbing shoulders' with USCGC Midgett 726 of the US Coast Guard during Fleet Maneuvers in Exercise Malabar '06. This image was captured by DIG VSR Murthy, Indian Coast Guard and won third prize in the Intra-Coast Guard photography competition held on 01 February 2007. Image  Indian Coast Guard

CGS Sarang at the International Fleet Review in Mumbai, February 2001. Image  Indian Coast Guard

CGS Sarang at sea and view of its bridge organisation. Image  Indian Coast Guard


Vessel Type: Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel.

Names & Pennant Numbers with commission dates:
CGS Samar 42 (14 February 1996)
CGS Sangram 43 (29 March 1997)
CGS Sarang 44 (21 June 1999)
CGS Sagar 45 (03 November 2003)

Structure: Similar to the Sukanya Class large patrol vessel but more heavily armed and carries a helicopter capable of transporting a marine contingent. The vessel also has a telescopic hangar.

Displacement: 2005 tons full load.
Goa SY Ltd. lists 1930 tons as full load.

Dimensions: Length - 102.45 metres.
.................Beam - 11.5 metres.
.................Draught - 3.56 metres.

Main Machinery: Two 12,800 hp diesel motors, 2 shafts and cp props.

Maximum Speed: 22 knots.

Range: 7000 nautical miles at 15 knots.

Complement: 110 (including 12 officers).

Radar: Surface; Decca 2459, F/I-band.
..........Navigation; Bharat 1245, I-band.

Weapons: One OTO Melara 76mm gun at 85 elevation with 85 rounds a minute to 8.7 nautical miles; 16 km. A pair of 7.62mm machine guns are also carried on board the vessel.

Weapons Control: Bharat/Radamec Optronic 2400 director.

Helicopters: With a capability to handle a 6.5 ton helicopter, these AOPVs can embark a HAL Chetak, a HAL Dhruv or a Sea King Mk.42B helicopter. The flight deck has a landing grid and is fitted with equipment to aid night landing.

Comments: These patrol vessels represent a major step forward in the Indian Coast Guard's capabilities. The original plan was to build at least six of the class, but a new design has replaced this one. These AOPVs are primarily designed for round the clock, all-weather, coastal patrolling, policing, anti-smuggling, anti-terrorist and sea-air search & rescue missions. The vessel has facilities for:

•  Fire fighting at sea.
•  Towage and salvage assistance.
•  Pollution control against oil and chemicals.
•  Aiding and assisting the Navy when required.

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