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Army to hold joint exercise with coast guard, says Rawat

: Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat Monday said the army is planning tocarry out a joint training and exercise with the Indian Coast Guard. He said the coast guard and the Indian Navy maintain coastal security and maritime surveillance. After commissioning the coast guard s offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Veera, the third in the series of the new-generation OPV here, he said Veera would help the coast guard monitor maritime boundaries more effectively. The 97-metre long and 15-metre wide Veera has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and would be commanded by Commandant Girish Datt, he said. The vessel can attain a sustainedspeed of upto 26 knots and is armed with two 12.7-mm heavy machine guns (HMGs) and a 30 mm-naval gun with fire control system, Rawat said. The ship is also equipped with an integrated bridge system (IBS), integrated platform management system (IPMS) and a high-power external firefighting system. It can carry one twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed ..


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