Mauritius Police Force acquires new patrol vessel CGS Valiant
Mauritius Police Force/National Coast Guard (NCG) has acquired CGS Valiant as step up its maritime surveillance.
The commissioning ceremony was held at Quay A in Port Louis in the presence of the Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, and the Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence and Rodrigues Anerood Jugnauths.
The Prime Minister said that the acquisition of CGS Valiant will boost maritime safety and security, especially to combat against poaching of marine and fish resources, control illicit activities in its seas, including drug trafficking and other types of transnational crimes.
Commissioning of CGS Valiant is claimed to be part of a strategy to develop the NCG capability on three aspects - detection, deterrence and interception whilst protecting people at sea with capabilities in search and rescue.
The past two years has seen the government made crucial investments to further upgrade the capabilities of the NCG. These include the commissioning of Coast Guard Ship Barracuda in March 2015; the induction in March 2016 of ten Fast Interceptor Boats; commissioning of a new Dornier Aircraft; the commissioning in December 2016 of CGS Victory and two Chetak helicopters; and the forthcoming setting up of a new headquarters of NCG at Fort William; upgrading of repair facilities for the NCG vessels; and the construction of a dry docking facility with flotilla support services.
Built by Goa Shipyard Limited, CGS is a 50m patrol vessel that is capable of attaining a maximum speed of 35 Knots.
Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) chairman and managing director Shekhar Mittal said that CGS Valiant has been delivered four months ahead of the schedule of August, within 23 months of keel laying.
The ship is installed with modern navigation systems, advanced machinery control system and one Close Range Naval Gun Mount along with an optical fire control system for day and night usage.
CGS Valiant is the seventh ship of the No 1 Patrol Vessel Squadron of the NCG of Mauritius.