Press Esc to close
Wednesday 30 July 2014
News updated at 3:45 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

INS Saryu commissioned near Andaman & Nicobar islands

Panaji, Jan 21, 2013 (PTI):

The Indian navy today commissioned its largest off shore patrol vessel INS Saryu for maritime surveillance around Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Built at Goa Shipyard Limited, the 105-meter vessel is the first of the four new class naval off shore patrol vessels (NOPVs) that would be commissioned by the Indian Navy over next one-and-half year.

"The ship will help the navy to discharge its duty on the eastern coast. It will patrol the exclusive economic zone around the islands as it has a capacity to be off shore for a month on its own," Air Marshal P K Roy, Commander in Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command of Indian Navy, told PTI.


Air Marshal Roy commissioned the ship in Vasco town near here today in presence of senior naval officials.

"This is an important step towards security of our maritime assets based near Andaman and Nicobar Islands," he said, adding that the security of few of the islands which are uninhabited is crucial.

"There are 500 islands of which many are not inhabited," he said, adding that the area around Andaman and Nicobar Islands is strategic from naval point of view.

Indian Navy officials said INS Saryu will also be important to provide secured environment for oil installations off Andaman and Nicobar coast.

"The vessel can also be deployed for escorting high value ships and fleet support operations," a senior official added.

"The ship is the Indian Navy's largest off shore patrol vessel, the first in its class," said Rear Admiral (Retd) Vineet Bakhshi, Chairman and Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Limited.

The second ship in this class would be delivered by May this year and the rest two ships within an interval of six months each thereafter, he added.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Amit Kumar of India runs a lap of honour to celebrate winning gold against Ebikweminomo Welson...

Amit Kumar of India runs a lap of honour to celebrate winning gold against Ebikweminomo Welson...

Vinesh of India, left, wrestles with Yana Rattigan of England in the FS 48kg gold medal match...

Vinesh of India, left, wrestles with Yana Rattigan of England in the FS 48kg gold medal match...

People enjoy at Marina Beach in Chennai...

People enjoy at Marina Beach in Chennai...

India's Kohli rolls on the ground after avoiding a ball bowled by England's Woakes..

India's Kohli rolls on the ground after avoiding a ball bowled by England's Woakes..

Smoke from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City...

Smoke from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City...

England bowler Chris Jordan makes an unsuccessful wicket appeal against Dhoni...

England bowler Chris Jordan makes an unsuccessful wicket appeal against Dhoni...

Vehicles stuck at a flooded road during heavy rains in Valsad district...

Vehicles stuck at a flooded road during heavy rains in Valsad district...

Muslims, with t-shirts sporting slogans to...

Muslims, with t-shirts sporting slogans to...

Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee at...

Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee at...

BJP National Vice President Mukhtar Abbas...

BJP National Vice President Mukhtar Abbas...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523