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The Coastguard welcomes Meera Behn
October 04, 2006
The Indian Coastguard Service launched vessel Meera Behn into its fleet on Tuesday at Okha, some 450kms west of Ahmedabad.
The ship is classed as an 'extra fast patrol vessel' XFPV, the fourth of its type currently in service.
These vessels are intended for patrolling, anti-smuggling operations, anti-terrorist operations, fisheries protection and search and rescue.
They are are fully air-conditioned and can operate in heavy sea conditions.
These vessels can also support the Indian Navy during wartime, as a coastal convoy escort and a communication link, and can operate in shallow waters as well.
Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty