The Indian Navy will commission into service its largest offshore patrol vessel Saryu tomorrow in Goa. Air Marshal P.K. Roy, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command, will preside over the commissioning ceremony. Saryu will be the first of four new-generation 105-meter long OPVs built Indian state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd.
In a preview statement, GSL says, "This state of the art vessel 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. This vessel is suitable for monitoring sea lines of communication, defence of offshore oil installations and other critical offshore national assets. Besides, the vessel can be deployed for escorting high value ships and fleet support operations. Designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited, the warship is the culmination of many years of in-house design development and ship build techniques. Well armed, the warship has been built to the specifications and standards required by the Indian Navy."
Was invited to be in Goa at the commissioning, but sadly won't make it. Will post more photographs and details tomorrow, though.
Labels: DEFENCE PROCUREMENTS, Indigenous Equipment, Navy, Press Release, Warships And Submarines