INS Sumitra to be commissioned on September 4 in Chennai

Continuing with the recent trend of operationalising new ships, the Navy is set to induct an offshore patrol vessel, INS Sumitra, in Chennai next week.

To be commissioned by the Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan on September 4, it is the last of the four naval offshore patrol vessels constructed by Goa Shipyard. Its  predecessors – INS Saryu, INS Sunayna and INS Sumedha – were put into service in the last one and half years.

The four patrol vessels are expected to fulfil the Navy’s brown water requirements to keep an eye on infiltration attempts and transgression of maritime sovereignty.

They are deployed for monitoring sea lines of communication, defence of offshore oil installations and other national assets, escorting high value ships and fleet support operations. Sporting a flight deck, the vessels also support helicopter operations.

In the last two weeks, Navy inducted its biggest destroyer INS Kolkata in Mumbai and anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta in Vishakhapatnam. INS Sumitra would be the third ship to be inducted by the Navy in three weeks.

With coastal security coming under Navy’s responsibility in the wake of 26/11 terror attack, the maritime force has ordered five more offshore patrol vessels, which are being constructed by Pipavav, a private shipyard. The first Pipavav vessel is scheduled to arrive by June 2015.

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