Largest patrolling vessel INS Sumitra commissioned to Chennai…

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INS Sumitra was commissioned into the naval fleet at a function in Chennai on Today. The vessel will give a boost to coastal surveillance and anti-piracy and counter maritime terrorism operations of the Navy.

The vessel is the fourth in the series of indigenous NOPV developed for Indian Navy. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan was the chief guest at the commissioning ceremony.

“The commissioning of INS Sumitra here in Chennai is a befitting tribute to the maritime history of Tamil Nadu and Coromandel coast. We have 41 ships and submarines under construction at private and public shipyards,” said Dhowan at the ceremony.

The 2200-tonne vessel is the biggest NOPV to be developed at Goa Shipyard.

It also has medium and short range weapons installed in it. They include 76mm guns, Close-in Weapon System (CIWS), electronic support and a communication intelligence system. It has a helipad to operate one light weight Dhruv helicopter.

There is an advanced weapon sensor platform, making INS Sumitra effective for surveillance and ensuring security of offshore installations, including oil filling stations.

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