GSL-de­signed and built INS Sumedha joins In­dian Navy

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The mar­itime se­cu­rity of In­dia got a sig­nif­i­cant boost re­cently with the in­duc­tion of state-of-the-art new gen­er­a­tion Naval off­shore pa­trol ves­sel (NOPV), INS ‘Sumedha’, in­dige­nously de­signed and built by Goa Ship­yard Limited. The ves­sel was for­mally com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy by VAdm Anil Cho­pra, FO C-IN-C East on March 7.

VAdm Anil Cho­pra said “the timely de­liv­ery of Sumedha is truly tes­ti­mony to the Navy’s twin pronged com­mit­ment to indige­nous de­sign and ship con­struc­tion”.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing Goa Ship­yard for meet­ing the time­lines of the ship’s de­liv­ery to the In­dian Navy, as well as for the qual­ity of work, VAdm Cho­pra said “the war­ship-build­ing process is rec­og­nized the world over as one of the most chal­leng­ing feats of en­gi­neer­ing, from de­sign through hull con­struc­tion, out­fit­ting, in­te­gra­tion of di­verse equip­ment, set­ting to work and fi­nally, the de­liv­ery ac­cep­tance tri­als. INS Sumedha, is a fine ex­am­ple of this com­plex process”.

This 105 me­tre Ves­sel is the third in the se­ries of four New class of NOPVs de­signed and built by GSL for the In­dian Navy. INS ‘Sumedha’ is the 200th Ves­sel built by GSL and marks yet an­other sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the na­tion’s jour­ney to­wards in­di­geni­sa­tion and sel­f­re­liance.

RAdm (Retd) Shekhar Mi­tal, NM, CMD GSL­said “even be­fore de­liv­ery of on­go­ing four NOPVs, we have im­proved upon our own de­sign and CG OPVs with higher head space, larger beam, higher sta­bil­ity, bet­ter ship han­dling ca­pa­bil­ity, higher fuel ef­fi­ciency (at cruis­ing speed 15 per cent less pow­er­ing re­quire­ment than NOPVs) are un­der con­struc­tion. I strongly feel that In­dian Navy may like to gain from this ad­vance de­sign by a ‘re­peat’ or­der. Fur­ther as per naval re­quire­ment, we can add on any­more weapons/mod­ules in this im­proved de­sign. Re­peat or­der will op­ti­mise cost for Navy, as we will not in­clude any R&D charges on the project and will pass ben­e­fit of avail­able im­proved de­sign to Navy”.

INS ‘Sumedha’ will help meet the in­creas­ing re­quire­ment of the In­dian Navy for un­der­tak­ing ocean sur­veil­lance and sur­face war­fare op­er­a­tions in or­der to pre­vent in­fil­tra­tion and trans­gres­sion of mar­itime sovereignty. This ves­sel is suit­able for mon­i­tor­ing sea lanes of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, 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.

CMD GSL fur­ther said “keep­ing in view the Mar­itime Ca­pa­bil­ity Per­spec­tive Plan of Navy and Coast Guard, GSL has em­barked upon a mas­sive mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme aimed at cre­at­ing new fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture, while aug­ment­ing ex­ist­ing ones. We have spent Rs. 300 crore from our own re­serves on ac­count of an­tic­i­pated MCMV project. fur­ther mod­ern­iza­tion Phase III, at cost of ` 400 crore is pro­gress­ing rapidly and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Jul 2015. This will en­able us to deliver qual­ity ships/MCMV project at a com­pet­i­tive cost, with shorter con­struc­tion pe­ri­ods and will in­crease our pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity and prod­uct mix.”

“It is in­trigu­ing to me that against 45 naval ships un­der con­struc­tion in the coun­try at var­i­ous ship­yards, GSL has only one ves­sel in hand. I am sure it is our turn to get the at­ten­tion of Navy and MoD. I am cer­tain that pol­icy mak­ers at MoD and Navy will lever­age these strate­gic as­sets/ship build­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties built over the years at GSL”, CMD GSL added.

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