INS Saryu en­ters ser­vice

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The first of four naval off­shore pa­trol ves­sels (NOPV) built by the Goa Ship­yard Ltd (GSL), INS Saryu (P54), en­ters ser­vice with the In­dian Navy re­cently at Goa. INS Saryu will be the largest and first stealth OPV op­er­ated by the In­dian Navy so far, and comes fit­ted with the lat­est sen­sors and sys­tems.

Ac­cord­ing to GSL, “This state-of-theart ves­sel will help meet the in­creas­ing re­quire­ment of the In­dian Navy to un­der­take ocean sur­veil­lance and sur­face war­fare op­er­a­tions in or­der to pre­vent in­fil­tra­tion and trans­gres­sion of mar­itime sovereignty. This ves­sel is suit­able for mon­i­tor­ing sea lines of com­mu­nica- tion, de­fence of off­shore oil in­stal­la­tions and other crit­i­cal off­shore na­tional as­sets. Be­sides, the ves­sel can be de­ployed for es­cort­ing high value ships and fleet sup­port op­er­a­tions. De­signed and built by the Goa Ship­yard Lim­ited, the war­ship is the cul­mi­na­tion of many years of in-house de­sign devel­op­ment and ship build tech­niques. Well armed, the war­ship has been built to the spec­i­fi­ca­tions and stan­dards re­quired by the In­dian Navy.” Dis­plac­ing 2,200 tonnes, INS Saryu will have on board eight of­fi­cers and 105 sailors. It can take on board ei­ther a Chetak or an HAL Dhruv heli­copter for sur­veil­lance and lo­gis­ti­cal du­ties.

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