Ahead of the Curve: GRSE-built SCG PS Zoroaster Refit for Seychelles Completed Ahead of Schedule

Defence Industry

Kolkata: Demonstrating exceptional competency and commitment, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) has successfully completed the ninety-day maiden short refit of the Seychelles Coast Guard Patrol Ship Zoroaster a remarkable 30 days ahead of schedule on May 24, 2024. The SCG PS ‘Zoroaster’, is from the line of Fast Patrol Vessels built by GRSE and with proven performance with the Indian Coast Guard, was handed over to the Seychelles Coast Guard on April 8, 2021. SCGS Zoroaster set sail from GRSE’s Rajabagan Dockyard, Ganga Jetty on May 29, 2024, returning to the fleet of the archipelagic Island Country of Seychelles under the command of Captain Lyndon Lablache.

Commencing its refit journey on March 22, 2024, this ambitious project was in line with India’s Vision “SAGAR” (Security And Growth for All in the Region). Undertaking such a refit for a foreign nation was a unique endeavour for GRSE, further strengthening the collaborative efforts of India and Seychelles in enhancing regional stability and security. Through meticulous planning and an advanced execution strategy, the Ship Repair team of GRSE successfully compressed the refit schedule to one month, showcasing their outstanding efficiency and commitment.

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The Indian Navy’s work-up team conducted a thorough post-refit inspection to ensure the highest standards of operational readiness and capabilities. The river trials of the ship’s machineries were successfully completed on May 24, 2024.

The successful completion of this short refit project not only highlights GRSE’s expertise but also underscores the strong camaraderie between the ship’s crew and the GRSE team. This collaboration has fostered a spirit of true friendship and cooperation, leaving behind long-lasting memories and strengthening the bond between the two nations.

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