Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) VIKRAM will arrive in Muscat on a three-day goodwill visit on Wednesday. The visit is aimed at enhancing interactions and cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Royal Oman Police Coast Guard. ICGS VIKRAM, the first in the series of 98m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is a newly commissioned ship of Indian Coast Guard. The ship has approximately 100-member crew and is commanded by Commandant Raj Kamal Sinha. ICGS VIKRAM has been designed and built in India by Larsen & Toubro at its Defence shipyard at Kattupalli. The vessel is fitted with most advanced state-of-the-art technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensor and machinery. The vessel is fitted with a 30mm gun to boost the ship’s fighting capabilities. ICGS VIKRAM class OPVs are long-range surface ships which operate in Indian maritime zones including island territories. Their role is to conduct coastal and offshore patrolling, policing maritime zones, search and rescue, surveillance, anti-smuggling and anti-piracy operations with limited wartime roles. The ship is designed to carry one twin-engine helicopter and two high speed boats along with two hull inflatable boats. The ship is also capable of carrying limited pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea. It is on a month-long deployment in the GCC which has resulted in the build-up of mutual understanding and camaraderie amongst coast guards in the region. (…)