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GRSE delivers Zoroster, a Fast Patrol Vessel to Govt of Seychelles

SCGS Zoroaster, a Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) delivered to the Coast Guard of Seychelles by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) is a record warship no 107

SCGS Zoroaster, built and delivered by GRSE to the Coast Guard of Seychelles
SCGS Zoroaster, built and delivered by GRSE to the Coast Guard of Seychelles

Kolkata: SCGS Zoroaster, a Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) built by India's leading shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) has been delivered to the Coast Guard of Seychelles, the archipelagic island country on Monday. With this GRSE has taken the count of delivered warships to a record 107. "Delivery of this ship signifies a breakthrough in the company’s journey towards becoming a global player in the warship building arena and bears testimony to the trust; foreign countries are reposing in this Indian shipyard’s abilities" the shipbuilder PSU said in an official statement released Monday evening.

Recently, GRSE also bagged an order for construction & supply of 01 Ocean Going Passenger & Cargo Vessel for the Republic of Guyana.

The Protocol of delivery and acceptance was signed between Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd.), CMD, GRSE and Lt. Cdr Aditya, Commanding Officer (Design) in the presence of Cmde Sanjeev Nayyar, IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding), Cmde PR Hari, Director (Personnel) and RK Dash, Director (Finance) and other Senior Officials of GRSE, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.

The SCG Ship ‘Zoroaster’, a Fast Patrol Vessel, is a powerful, fuel-efficient platform designed to perform multipurpose operations, such as patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching, and search and rescue (SAR). With a maximum speed of 34 knots and an endurance of more than 1500 nautical miles, this50 m FPV with a waterjet propulsion system and advanced controls has the capability to undertake Maritime Missions of the Seychelles Coast Guard. The ship is also fitted with a 40/60 gun as the main armament. The vessel will also flaunt improved habitability features with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation for 35 personnel. The overall design of the FPV has been developed in-house by GRSE.

GRSE also has the experience of delivering CGS Barracuda, a multipurpose compact Offshore Patrol Vessel to Mauritius Coast Guard, thereby becoming the first Indian shipyard to have exported a warship, way back in 2015, when the ship was commissioned.

Since its inception as a DPSU in 1960, GRSE has built 788 platforms which include 107 warships to Maritime forces, which is the highest number of warships built & delivered by any shipyard in the country, till date.

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GRSE has the capability to construct 20 ships concurrently, using its modernized infrastructure and ‘Modular Integrated Construction Philosophy’. Further, the dedicated, multidisciplinary, strong Design Team of the shipyard is continuously working towards developing various concept designs for ships that can cater to the current and future requirements of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. 

GRSE also has a dedicated Ship Repair facility, which is fully geared to undertake refits of ships. Apart from shipbuilding & ship repairs, GRSE has diversified into Engineering Business, with a product profile of Pre-fabricated Steel Bridges, various Deck Machinery Items such as Anchor Capstans, Boat Davits, Pumps etc & Assembly/ Testing/ Overhauling of MTU Diesel Engines.

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