Puri: Indian Coast guard patrolling ship ‘Shaunak’ was deployed off Odisha coast to keep close watch on terrorist activities on sea route during world famous Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri.
According to sources, it has moved to Puri along with a chopper for patrolling despite cloudy weather.
In view of possible terror strike during religious event in pilgrim town Puri where lakhs of devotees will flock, the patrolling ship has been commissioned as part of safety initiative to foil any untoward incident.
‘Shaunak’ will be patrolling everyday from Paradip to Puri coast, said a senior official.
The 105 metre long offshore patrol vessel built by the Goa Shipyard features 30 mm CRN naval gun, integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high power external fire fighting system.
It was commissioned on February 21 in Indian Coast Guard. It can move with speed 48.15 km per hour. The 9100-kw two diesel engine-ship is designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high speed boats, including two quick reaction inflatable boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. Total 14 coast guard officers, 98 jawans and sailors are currently working in the ship.