INS Betwa to be fully op­er­a­tional by April 2018

SP's MAI - - MILITARY | UPDATES -

INS Betwa, the P-16A class frigate, has been made up­right by the un­stinted ef­forts put in by the Naval Dock­yard, Mumbai, and the sal­vage firm Re­solve Ma­rine, spe­cially con­tracted for the op­er­a­tion. It may be re­called that the ship which was un­der­go­ing ma­jor re­pairs had keeled on to her side dur­ing her un­dock­ing on De­cem­ber 5, 2016.

The sal­vage op­er­a­tions were pro­gressed on a war foot­ing and the ini­tial sta­bil­i­sa­tion of the ship was achieved by De­cem­ber 29, 2016. The com­plete sal­vage op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing com­plex hy­dro­dy­namic cal­cu­la­tions and rig­ging up of in­tri­cate mea­sur­ing and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems was com­pleted in less than two months.

As the ship was un­der­go­ing ma­jor re­fit and midlife upgra­da­tion since April 2016, ma­jor­ity of the equip­ment/ma­chin­ery had al­ready been re­moved for rou­tine ser­vic­ing/re­place­ment with up­graded equip­ment.

In­dian Navy is con­fi­dent that with in-house ex­per­tise and sus­tained ef­forts, the ship will be made fully op­er­a­tional by her sched­uled date of re­fit com­ple­tion, i.e by April 2018.

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