In­dian Navy for five new fleet sup­port ships

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

In line with ex­pand­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, a sharp in­crease in num­ber of ves­sels over the next few years, and a larger man­date in the In­dian Ocean Re­gion, the In­dian Navy has an­nounced an ef­fort to ac­quire five new fleet sup­port ships un­der the ‘global buy’’ cat­e­gory. The Navy has stip­u­lated that it re­quires ships with dis­place­ment of 40,000 tonnes in fully loaded con­di­tion, 200-me­tres long and a max­i­mum beam of 25-me­tres.

The Navy also re­quires its new ships to be ca­pa­ble of speeds “not less than 20 knots of max­i­mum con­tin­u­ous speed, at am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures upto 40°c, in the fully laden con­di­tion upto Sea State 3 and while less than six months out of dock”. With a pro­jected com­ple­ment of 190 sailors and 24 of­fi­cers, the ship will need to han­dle one multi-role he­li­copter. The In­dian Navy last com­mis­sioned two Fin­cantieri-built tankers, INS Deepak and INS Shakti, into its fleet, with both ves­sels praised for their ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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