Chennai: The Indian Navy on Thursday commissioned its Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sumitra.
The vessel was commissioned by Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan.
Addressing the gathering, Admiral RK 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 & 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.
The Admiral further complimented the efforts of our naval ship designers and defence sector shipyards and stated that over the years we have progressively designed and constructed 120 warships and submarines of various categories in difference shipyards.
“The blue print 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”.
INS Sumitra, built by Goa Shipyard Ltd, will have a displacement of about 2,200 tonnes. It measures about 105 metres in length and 13 metres at the beam, the release added.
The ship is propelled by two SEMT Pielstick diesel engines, the 'largest' of its type to be inducted in the Indian Navy, enabling it to achieve a maximum speed of 25 knots and an endurance of about 6,000 nautical miles, it said.
The ship's impressive weapon and sensor outfit includes a Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) 76.2 mm gun with an electro-optic fire control system, two 30 mm guns as Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS), Kavach chaff launchers for self-protection and a state-of-art Electronic Warfare Suite comprising Sanket Mk III Electronic Support Measure (ESM) system and ELK 7036 Communication Intelligence (COMINT) system.
The ship is also designed to operate one Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
Manned by eight officers and 105 sailors, INS Sumitra will operate under the Eastern Naval Command under the operational control of the Naval Officer-in-Charge, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, it said.
(With PTI inputs)