Indian Coast Guard Ship H-188, the second in the series of twelve Air
Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) designed and built by M/s Griffon Hoverworks
Limited (GHL), UK was commissioned by Deputy Director General of Coast
Guard, Inspector General Rajendra Singh at Haldia in West Bengal today.
The 21 metres long Air Cushion Vehicle with 31 tonnes displacement can
achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The ACV is capable of undertaking
multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue
and rendering assistance to small boats/craft in distress at sea.
With the commissioning of H-188, the force level of ICG has gone up to
77 ships & boats and with the planned inductions the force level would
be doubling by 2018.
The Air Cushion Vehicle H-188 will be based at Haldia under the
Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard
The hovercraft is commanded by Commandant D Dinakaran. The hovercraft
has a crew of 02 Officers and 11 Enrolled Personnel.
The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by Inspector General KC Pandey,
Commander Coast Guard Region (North-East) and other dignitaries from the
Central and State Governments.