Mangalore, Sep 23, 2014: The surveillance of the Coast Guard in the district has now been further strengthened with the arrival of the Indian Coast Guard Hovercraft H-196 at Panambur Beach on September 22, Monday.
Karnataka Coast Guards Commander Rajmani Sharma and Operation Commander Rajender Singh Safal received the Hovercraft.
Built in the UK, the Hovercraft is the third series of Air CushionVehicle (ACV) and will be based at New Mangalore.
The Hovercraft can undertake several tasks including search, rescue, surveillance apart from assisting small boats in distress in the sea.
The maximum speed of this 21 meter long ACV is 45 knots (90 kmph). It can operate both on land and in sea and also can reach otherwise inaccessible areas like marshy lands and isolated islands and can operate even in adverse weather conditions round the clock.
Gulvinder Singh is the Commandant of this Hovercraft which is equipped with heavy machine guns. It is also equipped with a radar and worldwide satellite communication equipment.
The Coast Guard has already secured land for constructing an anchor atTannirbavi and once it is complete another surveillance vehicle will arrive and anchor here.