Tuesday, December 07, 2010

GSL launches naval offshore patrol vessel

http://www.goashipyard.co.in/NewsEventsDetails.aspx?id={0058-0098-0148-0128-0161-0192-0225-0256}Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on Monday launched a state-of-the-art 105 m Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV), INS Sumitra, the fourth in the series of four NOPVs being indigenously designed and constructed by GSL for the  Indian Navy.
According to a GSL press release, the launch of Sumitra was ‘yet another milestone in GSL’s quest for self reliance in sophisticated shipbuilding’. The vessel was launched by Shiela Singh, wife of secretary defence production R K Singh.
The NOPV will help meet the increasing requirement of the Indian Navy to undertake ocean surveillance and surface warfare operations in order to prevent infiltration and transgression of maritime sovereignty. It is powered by twin diesel engines, each driving a controllable pitch propeller through a reduction gearbox. The vessel is fitted with a lethal weapons package and an associated fire control system, state-of-the-art navigation, communication and electronic warfare equipment.
Sumitra will be deployed to monitor sea lines of communication, defence of offshore oil installations and other important national offshore assets. Besides this, Sumitra can be deployed to escort high-value ships and fleet support operations. Sporting a flight deck, the vessel supports embarkation and operation of a multi-role helicopter. The launch of Sumitra is a milestone in the quest of the Indian Navy to provide foolproof security against forces inimical to the country. This assumes specific significance in the aftermath of the tragic terrorist strike in Mumbai.
Since 1964, GSL has built 188 ships, including offshore patrol vessels, missile craft, survey vessels, sail training ship, fast patrol vessels, extra-fast attack craft, landing craft, offshore supply vessels and over a 100 glass reinforced plastic fast interceptor boats for India.
Secretary of defence production R K Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. Flag officer commanding Goa area rear admiral Sudhir Pillai NM, rear admiral (retired) Vineet Bakhshi VSM, chairman and managing director GSL and various other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

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