Mauritius has commissioned into service its second patrol vessel, CGS Valiant, which was built by India’s Goa Shipyard Limited, during a ceremony in Port Louis.
It was commissioned into the Mauritius Coast Guard by Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius, on 16 August. The ceremony was also attended by dignitaries including the High Commissioner of India Abhay Thakur, Chairman and Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Shekhar Mital, and the Indian Navy’s representative Rear Admiral Surendra Ahuja.
In his address, Jugnauth said the acquisition of CGS Valiant was another milestone in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational capabilities and improving maritime safety and security, especially in the combat against poaching of marine resources and maritime crime, including drug trafficking. The Mauritius government quoted Jugnauth as saying the commissioning of CGS Valiant is part of a three-pronged approach of detection, deterrence and interception.
Jugnauth noted that substantial progress has been made over the last few years to improve the country’s maritime security, and this has included the commissioning of the CGS Barracuda in March 2015; the induction in March 2016 of ten Fast Interceptor Boats; the commissioning of the third new Dornier 228 maritime surveillance aircraft in July 2016; the commissioning in December 2016 of the patrol vessel CGS Victory and two Chetak helicopters; and the forthcoming establishment of a new Coast Guard Headquarters at Fort William; upgrading the Coast Guard’s vessel repair facilities; and the construction of a dry docking facility.
Mital said that the induction of CGS Valiant would act as force multiplier for the Coast Guard, and pointed out that the vessel was delivered four months ahead of the contractual schedule of August 2017. The CGS Valiant was handed over at the beginning of May, and departed for Mauritius on the 24th of that month, arriving on 3 June.
The contract for the vessel was signed on 17 May 2014 and the keel laid on 22 may 2015, with the launch taking place on 2 February 2017.
The 50 metre long CGS Valiant is designed for coastal patrols, anti-piracy, search and rescue and counter smuggling and drug missions. It is fitted with a 30 mm CRN-91 cannon, 12.7 mm heavy machineguns and 7.62 mm machineguns. It has a top speed of 37 knots and endurance of seven days or 2 000 nautical miles at an economical cruising speed. It is powered by three MTU-F 16V4000 M90 diesel engines that drive three KAMEWA Type-71SII waterjets.
The patrol vessel displaces about 288 tons with a full load and has a crew of 36 – many of these were trained by the Indian Navy.
CGS Valiant is the second of two fast patrol vessels ordered from Goa Shipyard Limited, with CGS Victory having been handed over to the Mauritius National Coast Guard (NCG) in September 2016. The India Import-Export Bank helped fund the $41 million order.