The 11th hovercraft for the Indian Coast Guard was formally inducted into service today, to enhance search and rescue operations.
Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul formally commissioned the 11th Hovercraft, also called the Air Cushion vehicle, in the presence of Commander Coast Guard Region (East), Satya Prakash Sharma.
Sharma said that, Hovercraft H-197 is built by UK-based Griffon Hoverworks Ltd. The 200-metre hovercraft displaces 30 tonnes and can hit a maximum speed of 45 knots. It is powered by two industrial water cooled diesel engines.
It would initially be based at Chennai and later shifted to Mandapam near Tuticorin. It would be commanded by John Manoj, two officers and 11 other rank officials.