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Guwahati: A fast patrol vessel (FPV) named after Assamese freedom fighter Kanaklata Barua was commissioned in the Indian Coast Guard in Kolkata. The commissioning ceremony was of the ship was held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Delhi.

“It is my honour as Director General of Indian Coast Guard to welcome this gathering to commission Indian Coast Guard ship Kanaklata Barua. Indian Coast Guard being largest in South-Asian region deals with dynamic situation and is vital in protecting wide-ranging multi-interest of nation. Even amid pandemic, maritime security continues to be challenging task.” said K Natarajan, director general of Indian Coast Guard on the occasion.

It is the fifth in a series of FPVs built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd. The other four are ICGS Priyadarshini (named after Indira Gandhi), ICGS Annie Besant, ICGS Kamala Devi (after Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay), and ICGS Amrit Kaur.

These FPVs are upgraded versions of the inshore patrol vessels with a modified form of the hull and can achieve a speed of 34 knots. Such vessels have also been delivered to Indian Navy by GRSE.

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Kanaklata Barua, pride of Assam, one of the youngest martyrs during the Quit India Movement. Barua was 17 when she led the Mukti Bahini, a procession of freedom fighters to hoist the Tricolour at Gohpur police station on September 20, 1942. She was killed in a firing when police tried to stop them from unfurling the flag.

The Coast Guard had previously named a ship after her in 1997. The previous ICGS Kanaklata Barua was decommissioned in 2017. In its 20-year tenure, it participated in many search and rescue missions seizing foreign fishing vessels and ventured into Indian waters for evacuation missions.

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