INS Sumitra com­mis­sioned at Chen­nai

SP's MAI - - MILITARY REPORT - [ By Our Cor­re­spon­dent ]

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, com­mis­sioned INS Sumitra—fourth in­dige­nous Naval off­shore pa­trol ves­sel (OPV)—into the In­dian Navy at an im­pres­sive cer­e­mony held at Chen­nai. Vice Ad­mi­ral Satish Soni, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief East­ern Naval Com­mand, Vice Ad­mi­ral A.V. Sub­hedar, Con­troller War­ship Pro­duc­tion and Ac­qui­si­tion (CWP&A), IHQ MoD(N), Rear Ad­mi­ral Shekhar Mit­tal (Retd), Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Goa Ship­yard Ltd (GSL) and var­i­ous other dig­ni­taries were present dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan said: “The In­dian Navy is a multi-di­men­sional force ca­pa­ble of meet­ing any chal­lenge in the mar­itime do­main in the In­dian Ocean re­gion. The re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of pro­tect­ing our vast mar­itime in­ter­ests fall squarely on the shoul­ders of men in white uni­form as it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Navy to en­sure that In­dia’s mar­itime in­ter­ests – which have a vi­tal re­la­tion­ship with the na­tion’s eco­nomic growth – are al­lowed to de­velop un­hin­dered both in peace and war”.

He fur­ther said that INS Sumitra will have a ma­jor role to play in pa­trolling In­dia’s east­ern seaboard and will be an im­por­tant com­po­nent un­der the NOIC (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry) and the East­ern Naval Com­mand, which has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of coun­ter­ing the mar­itime chal­lenges in the Bay of Ben­gal and the wa­ters of the ad­join­ing East­ern In­dian Ocean re­gion.

Com­pli­ment­ing the ef­forts of the In­dian naval ship de­sign­ers and de­fence sec­tor ship­yards, the Ad­mi­ral stated that over the years we have pro­gres­sively de­signed and con­structed 120 war­ships and sub­marines of var­i­ous cat­e­gories in dif­fer­ence ship­yards. “The blue­print for the fu­ture In­dian Navy is firmly an­chored on self-re­liance and in­di­geni­sa­tion and cur­rently we have 41 ships and sub­marines un­der con­struc­tion in var­i­ous pub­lic and pri­vate ship­yards within the coun­try.” It is a mat­ter of great pride that over the decades we have trans­formed from a “Buyer’s Navy” to a “Builders Navy”, he stated. He later un­veiled the com­mis­sion­ing plaque and ded­i­cated the ship to the na­tion.

INS Sumitra is the first ma­jor ship be­ing based at Chen­nai in recog­ni­tion of the grow­ing im­por­tance of the re­gion and en­hanced surveil­lance needs. The pri­mary role of the ship is to un­der­take surveil­lance of the coun­try’s ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone (EEZ) be­sides other op­er­a­tional tasks such as anti-piracy pa­trols, fleet support op­er­a­tions, mar­itime se­cu­rity of off­shore as­sets and es­cort op­er­a­tions of high value naval plat­forms.

De­signed and built by the Goa Ship­yard Limited, INS Sumitra aptly demon­strates the im­mense po­ten­tial of the coun­try’s in­dige­nous de­sign and ship­build­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. Mea­sur­ing about 105 me­tres in length, 13 me­tres in breadth and dis­plac­ing 2,200 tonnes, the ship can achieve speed of 25 knots with an en­durance of 6,000 nau­ti­cal miles.

The ship’s weapon and sen­sor out­fit in­clude a 76.2 mm gun (su­per rapid gun mount), close in weapon sys­tems, lat­est nav­i­ga­tional and early warn­ing radars, chaff launch­ers and an in­te­grated elec­tronic support mea­sures sys­tem to un­der­take all as­signed mis­sions. She is also equipped with two rigid in­flat­able fast mo­tor boats. In ad­di­tion, the ship is also ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing a he­li­copter on­board.

The propul­sion pack­age of the ship in­cludes two Piel­stick make diesel en­gines, which are the largest en­gines of their type to be in­ducted in the In­dian Navy, and en­able the ship to achieve speed of up to 25 knots. Fur­ther, the en­tire propul­sion and power man­age­ment of the ship is con­trolled elec­tron­i­cally by means of a re­mote con­trol sys­tem. The ship is equipped with a fully in­te­grated LAN sys­tem along with a CCTV man­age­ment sys­tem which en­ables op­ti­mal util­i­sa­tion of on­board equip­ment and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of man­power.

The ship is com­manded by Com­man­der Milind Mo­han Mokashi, a Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist who is an alum­nus of the 53rd Naval Academy Course and the pres­ti­gious 67th De­fence Ser­vices Staff Course at Wellington. The ship is manned by nine of­fi­cers and 105 sailors. The in­duc­tion of the ship will add ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity to be the Navy’s ef­forts to pro­tect the na­tion’s mar­itime se­cu­rity needs.

Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, un­veil­ing the ships plaque along with Vice Ad­mi­ral S. Soni, FOC-in-C, East, and Ship’s Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Com­man­der M.M. Mokashi; (right) INS Sumitra at Chen­nai

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