‘Marina’ a floating berthing jetty for the Fast Interceptor Crafts (FICs) was inaugurated by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM at Naval Base Kochi on 21 May 15. The Marina will provide the much required berthing facility to the FICs operating from Kochi harbor. The FICs are not only involved in security of naval assets but also deployed for coastal security along the Kerala coast. The FICs have also been associated with various search and rescue missions along the coast.
The ‘Marina’ commissioned is 48 m long and can berth 10 FICs together. The entire platform is a floating jetty on the water with heavy sinkers and buoys attached to it. The project was conceived in the year 2011. It has been built by the firm M/s West Coast Marine Yacht Services Pvt Ltd based at Navi Mumbai. Being a floating platform, the Marina can be extended to accommodate more FICs and be shifted on water. During the inaugural address the Admiral highlighted the efforts put in by Sagar Prahari Bal personnel who man these FICs and appreciated the role played by them in coastal security. The event was witnessed by Senior Officers from Southern Naval Command, representatives from the firm and Naval Officer in Charge (Kerala).
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