Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched the first of two fast attack craft for the Mauritius Police Force National Coast Guard. The shipyard said that the 50 metre vessel was named MCGS Victory during a ceremony attended by the High Commissioner of Mauritius, Jagdishwar Goburdhan. The High Commissioner said the vessel would safeguard their vast maritime zone.
Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital, Chairman and Managing Director of GSL, said that the contract of the vessel was signed on 17 May 2014, while the keel was laid on 18 December 2014. He said the vessel will be delivered ahead of the contractual schedule of Sept 2016. The contract for the second vessel was signed in August 2014.
GSL said the vessel is primarily designed for coastal patrolling, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, anti-drug surveillance, anti-poaching operations, and search and rescue operations. It is fitted with a 30 mm CRN-91 cannon, 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machineguns and has a top speed of 35 knots thanks to water jet propulsion. The basic design is based on a proven in-house design modified to meet the specific requirements of Mauritius Police Force.
In 2014 Mauritius also ordered ten 14.5 metre fast interceptor boats (FIBs) from Goa Shipyard Limited in a deal worth over $6 million. The 14.5 metre long boats will have a cruising speed of 20 knots and a top speed of 35 knots.
MFPV is powered by three 2,720-kw diesel engines driving three independent water jets. The vessel is capable of hot pursuit and capture operations requiring high speed maneuverability. Cruising speed of this vessel is 12-14 knots and peak speed is 35 knots. The hull of the vessel is of steel and strong enough to withstand continued heavy sea conditions. Fully air-conditioned accommodation is provided for 35 men on board. This vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment.