Jayanta Gupta, TNN
KOLKATA: It may not be the best of times for the Indian Navy but there have been achievements over the last year that it can seek some solace in. Take the case of the INS Saryu, an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) based at Port Blair under the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) for instance. It set sail for the Gulf of Aden in 2013 for anti-piracy operations within months of commissioning.
“This was the first ever ship of the Indian Navy to have participated in anti-piracy operations while still under warranty. It is one of a new class of ships, designed and built in India by the Goa Shipyard Ltd. It was commissioned in January, 2013. Trials were completed in May, 2013. Immediately after this, it went for surveillance operations to the southern group of islands. This lasted for 20 days. A few months later, we set sail for the Gulf of Aden,” said Commodore Amanpreet Singh, the commissioning captain of INS Saryu.
The ANC is proud to have an advanced vessel like the INS Saryu in its fleet. In fact, it is the only one in Port Blair to have operated in the Gulf of Aden. Singh and his crew will be handing over the ship to a fresh team in the next couple of months. He took the warship through its paces and is extremely satisfied with the performance.
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Maritime Security News Note:
This is really good news for the Indian Navy following a number of unfortunate incidents.
It’s also great news that it passed within the warranty period; if you’ve ever tried to contact the store that sold you a warship to make a warranty claim, you’ll know how difficult some of those sales people can be…