The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned two high-speed interceptor boats fitted with a 12.7 mm machine gun at the Dighi Port in Mumbai, in a move that will boost security along the Maharashtra coastline.
The C-433 and C-434 boats – built by L&T Shipbuilding in Chennai – are 27.42 metres long and have a displacement of 136 tons each.
The vessels were designed for high-speed interception, close coast patrol, low-intensity maritime operations, search and rescue and maritime surveillance,
The commissioning of the boats will strengthen the security umbrella over the 720-km-long Maharashtra coastline. It will also help in patrolling and prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing.