INS Sumedha, the latest New Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel to join the Indian Navy, arrived at the port here on Sunday, and was accorded a warm reception by senior officers of the Eastern Naval Command and families of the crew.

Designed and built at the Goa Shipyard Limited, INS Sumedha is the third ship of the NOPV Project and the first to join the Eastern Fleet.

It was commissioned by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral Anil Chopra on March 7 at the Goa Shipyard Limited.

Primary objective

The primary role of the ship is EEZ surveillance, anti-piracy patrol, fleet support operations, maritime security to off-shore assets, and escort operations for high-value assets.

The ship’s weapon and sensor outfit include a SRGM 76.2 mm gun, close-in weapon systems, latest navigational and early warning radars, and an integrated ESM system.

She is also equipped with two rigid inflatable fast motor boats and is capable of carrying a helicopter onboard.

Propelled by two of the largest diesel engines of their type to be inducted in the Indian Navy, the ship is capable of achieving high speeds. The entire propulsion and power management of the ship is controlled electronically by means of an Automatic Power Management System.

INS Sumedha is commanded by Gunnery Specialist Commander Anand E. Kulkarni and is manned by a crew of nine officers and 100 sailors. The ship will now form part of the Eastern Fleet and augment the off-shore surveillance and maritime capability off the Eastern Seaboard.


Posted March 28, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS

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