Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tomorrow, Indian Navy's Largest OPV 'Saryu' Enters Service

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.


Anonymous said...

Hope it prevents 26/11 type attacks. Small vessels can slip in without notice. pakistan navy submarine can do the same job for ferrying the terrorists un noticed close to indian shore. Think about it. Will Orion P8i can now detect the hostile pakistan naval submarines surreptitiously entering the Indian waters.

Guru said...

"well armed" is probably NOT the exact word that comes to my mind when the only armament it carries is a 76 mm gun. And it is a 2200 ton vessel for crying out loud.

Why couldn't they fit in a couple of 533 mm torpedo tubes and a RBU-6000 launcher to give it some ASW teeth or a 6-12 cell AA launcher (MR-SAM or Shtil)? Comparative Russian and Western platforms this size have ASW, AA and AShM capability and here we do not have a single AA, ASW or AShM capability?

Neways, best of luck in a hostile environment with toothless platforms like this.

Anonymous said...

@Guru 08:29,

Before crying out loud,have noticed that it says,'OPV'Off-shore Patrol Vessel.
If you knew what duties are required for a ship of this class by the IN,you would not be saying what you are.

Anonymous said...

76 mm radio guided gun is more then enough , although I do admit a ASW AND AAW warfare suite would have being nice .

Anonymous said...


Pal... do a bit research... this vessel is built and designed for coastal defense and patrol .... armed with x 76 mm Oto melara gun with FCS PLUS 2 x 30 mm CIWS.....

A little more research will show that vessels of this class ie OPV , with different navies of the world, is similar in built design and its duties are almost same..

Anonymous said...

@Guru- totally agreed.

xxi said...

@ guru

do you know the features of 76mm gun system ????? HUH ???

just for record It can engage targets as far as 110 km away .