Adding more teeth to the Indian Navy’s prowess, one more Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) was commissioned at the Southern Naval Command here on Tuesday.
INS Sunayna, the second of the NOPV class of ships, was commissioned by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Commanding in Chief of the Southern Naval Command.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Soni pointed out that shipbuilding process continues to be one of the most challenging tasks, starting from design to integration of diverse equipment before the final setting to work and delivery of a seaworthy combat platform.
The Admiral complimented Goa Shipyard and other agencies that contributed to the building of INS Sunayna.
“India’s strategic location makes the country a pivot around which activities of the strategically-important Indian Ocean would unfold. Platforms such as Sunayna would enable the Indian Navy to secure national interests in the region,” he said.
Earlier on arrival, the Vice Admiral inspected the guard of honour and was then introduced to the ship’s crew.
Vice Admiral K R Nair, Controller, Warship Production and Acquisition, Indian Navy, and Commodore (retd) P K Shrivastava, Director, Goa Shipyard, also attended the commissioning.
INS Sunayna, built at the Goa Shipyard, will be based under the Southern Naval Command. The vessel will meet the requirements of more ocean surveillance and patrolling.
It is designed to undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of sea lines of communications and offshore assets and escort duties.
Later speaking to the media, Vice Admiral Satish Soni said that the vessel will soon be deployed for anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
Two cadet-training vessels will be inducted into the Navy in 2015, he said.