Indigenous INS SUMEDHA Joins ENC
The Eastern naval command welcomed its latest induction, INS Sumedha into the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam.
Sumedha is the third ship of the indigenous New Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Project to be inducted into the Indian Navy, and the first to join the Eastern Fleet. Designed and built at the Goa Shipyard Limited, the ship aptly demonstrates the immense potential of the country’s indigenous ship building capability.
The primary role of the ship would be EEZ surveillance, anti-piracy patrols, fleet support operations, maritime security to off-shore assets and escort operations for high value assets.
The ships weapon and sensor outfit includes 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 a an Automatic Power Management System said a statement from the Indian Navy.
Commanded by Commander Anand E Kulkarni, a Gunnery Specialist, INS Sumedha is manned by a crew of nine Officers and about 100 sailors.