India is beefing up its security along its coastline with the deployment of three Navy attack crafts. The ships received a warm welcome.
Three fast attack crafts from the Indian Navy received a warm ceremonial welcome in Kerala on Monday.
These ships will be deployed at base ports in Kochi and Goa. The move is an effort by the Indian navy to strengthen coastal security and surveillance, in response to the Mumbai attacks in November 2008.
[Lt. Commander Subal Nathan, Commanding Officer, Ship Kalpeni]: (English)
"This ship with its high speed and high maneuverability and the ability to stay out and see for long durations will defiantly contribute in a very positive way to enhancing the security and the preparedness of the NSG (National Security Guard) to deal with any kind of threat in this region. Also the ship with its fast response is the ideal platform for the search and rescue operations and we will be able to render any assistance possible to the civil administration whenever the need arises."
Each ship will be having four officers and 40 sailors on board and is equipped with state-of-the-art armaments, which can fire up to a range of three miles.