KARWAR : INS Nirdeshak, a hydrographic vessel of the Indian Navy, was decommissioned on Friday at the Karwar naval base after 31 years of dedicated service to the country.
Vice Admiral S K Jha, Chief Hydrographer to the Govt of India was the chief guest on the occasion.
INS Nirdeshak is the second of the Sandhayak class of survey ships. It was commissioned into the Indian Navy on October 4, 1983 at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, Kolkata. The first commanding officer of the ship was Commander KR Srinivasan, who later went on to become the Chief Hydrographer to the Govt of India.
Nirdeshak has undertaken numerous Indian and foreign hydrographic survey operations to prepare navigational charts for mariners.
It had also assisted numerous wreck investigations of sunken ships and been a participant in Disaster Relief Operations during an earthquake at Kandla and tsunami in Sri Lanka.