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INS Sumitra Commissioned
Sep 05, 2014

Indigenously built Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) INS Sumitra is commissioned in Indian Navy. INS Sumitra is the last of four NOPVs built by the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). The anti-piracy vessel, which was handed over to the Indian Navy on July 17, had successfully completed its sea trials recently.

This Saryu class vessel has a displacement of about 2200 tonnes, ship spans about 105 meters in length and 13 meters at the beam. The ship is propelled by two SEMT Pielstick diesel engines which are the largest engines of its type to be inducted in the Navy, enabling the ship to achieve a maximum speed of 25 knots and an endurance of about 6000 nautical miles.

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 system.

It is designed to operate one Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling and ocean surveillance besides monitoring of sea lines of communications, offshore assets and escort duties.

The ship is manned by a crew comprising 8 officers and 105 sailors. The ship will operate under the aegis of the Eastern Naval Command under the operational control of the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry).

The induction of INS Sumitra in the Eastern Naval Command and her basing at Chennai will enhance the offshore surveillance and maritime patrolling capability on India’s eastern seaboard in addition to giving a fillip to Anti-Piracy operations actively being undertaken by the Navy. 

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