Two warships commissioned into Navy fleet

Giving a boost to Navy`s defence capabilities, two state-of-the-art high-speed warships, INS Cankarso and INS Kondul, were commissioned here Tuesday in the naval fleet.

Visakhapatnam: Giving a boost to Navy`s
defence capabilities, two state-of-the-art high-speed
warships, INS Cankarso and INS Kondul, were commissioned here
Tuesday in the naval fleet.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan commissioned
the ships in the presence of Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern
Naval Command Vice-Admiral Anup Singh and other senior Naval
officials.

The indigenously-built ships use water jet propulsion
technology and can achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots. They
will be based in Goa and tasked with the role of detecting,
locating and destroying small, fast-moving enemy surface craft
engaged in covert operations, a Navy spokesman said.

INS Cankarso and INS Kondul are fitted with 30-mm CRN-91
gun built by Ordnance Factory, Medak, and Igla missiles and
set of machine guns ranging from light to heavy. "These
features are an improvement over the previous fast attack
craft (FAC) ships," the spokesman said.

These two ships are the first lot of the ten similar
ships that the Navy proposed to induct in its fleet. They
belong to the Car Nicobar class V and VI in the FAC series.

"In addition to their primary role, the ships will be
tasked with the role of policing, anti-smuggling and fisheries
protection in India`s coastal waters. In the long run, these
ships could help in ensuring stability in India`s maritime
zones of responsibility," the spokesman said.

INS Cankarso is named after an island near Goa while
INS Kondul derives its name from an island near Nicobar.

Kolkata-based Garden Reach Ship Builders and
Engineers, headed by Rear-Admiral (Retd) K C Shekar, built
these ships in two years.

Water je
t technology has rapidly gained acceptance as
the leading means of propulsion for all types of high-speed
marine craft, including ferries, work boats, patrol crafts and
pleasure boats.

Recent advances in water jet technology have put them
ahead of conventional propulsion systems in high-speed
performance and reliability, the Navy spokesman said.

INS Cankarso is commanded by Arun Bahuguna and INS
Kondul by Shashidhar R Patil. The two crafts that have 45
sailors and four officers on board, are equipped with a
reverse-osmosis technology drinking water plant and sewerage
treatment plant.

PTI

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