Vizhinjam bids adios to INS Kalpeni

Lt Commander Suraj Prakash Dagar and team

Vizhinjam: Coastal police and officials of maritime board welcomed the warship INS Kalpeni which arrived at Vizhinjam port on Saturday. The ship docked at the leeward wharf of the port around 9 am.

Though the public was allowed to enter the warship till last year, entry was restricted this time due to the pandemic.

Drugs and weapon smuggling through the deep sea near Kerala coast is a recurring threat. The fishermen who go for fishing in the deep sea serve the nation as well as provide coastal security, said Lieutenant Commander Suraj Prakash Dagar.

Lieutenant Commander Rajith Kurup led the awareness session conducted for fishermen at Vizhinjam Fisheries office. The warship left the port at 9.30 am on Sunday.

Lt Commander Suraj Prakash Dagar and team
Lt Commander Suraj Prakash Dagar and team

INS Kalpeni which can sail at a speed of 35 nautical miles has infrared tracker and laser controlled firearms. It is an indigenously designed and built waterjet fast attack craft with the primary functions of patrolling, anti-piracy operations, coastal surveillance, providing security for fishermen, search and rescue operations in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

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