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Aircraft carrier INS Viraat in Kochi for maintenance work


INS Viraat, India's sole aircraft carrier, is here for annual maintenance work, estimated to cost around Rs 30 crore.

Underwater cleaning and painting work besides checking of underwater fittings are among the works being carried out. No major structural changes are being done now, officials said.

Depending on the progress of the work, the vessel is likely to be here for a few months, its commander Captain R Hari Kumar told reporters on board the unique warship, docked at the Ernakulam wharf.

When asked about the competence of the over 50-year-old ship when compared to similar vessels of other navies, he said, "When we had done exercises we have found she has delivered. We cannot compare to the US Navy. Very few countries have aircraft carriers. This is old. But it is the capability that matters. Aircraft carrier gives vital capability."

The fixed wing aircraft onboard are the Sea Harrier fighters of the INAS 300 Squadron popularly called 'White Tigers' and these are the only fighters in the world capable of vertical/short take off and landing.

The vessel, which has 150 officers and 1,500 sailors and can carry about 24 aircraft, will soon complete 25 years of service with the Indian Navy.


"It has a fair amount of life. Due to its progressive upgradation, it could be (used) around upto 2018," Captain Hari Kumar, who is the first Keralite to commander the ship, said.


Aircraft carrier INS Viraat in Kochi for maintenance work - Brahmand.com
 

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Fast attack craft INS Koswari commissioned

Aiming at extending its coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol, the Indian Navy today commissioned indigenously built Fast Attack Craft (FAC) in a function held at the eastern naval command in Visakhapatnam .

Designed and built by state-run Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata [ Images ], INS Koswari is a highly manoeuvrable craft and ideally suited for deployment along the coast, a defence release said.

The craft was commissioned by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command of the Indian Army ,Lieutenant General Bikram Singh.

The craft's ability to operate in shallow waters at high speed, along with its day-and-night surveillance capability, coupled with enhanced fire power, was expected to give the requisite impetus to combating asymmetric threats emanating from the sea, it said.

Named after an island off Tuticorin, INS Koswari, measuring 52 meters in length and displacing 325 tonnes, could achieve speed in excess of 30 knots, the release added.

Lieutenant Commander Anil Kumar would be commanding the craft along with a crew of four officers and 35 sailors.

Fitted with advanced MTU engines and latest communication sets for the purpose of 'extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol', INS Koswari would be based at Karwar, under the naval officer-in-charge .
It would be deployed in coastal patrol and anti-piracy missions, along the Konkan coast and Lakshadweep group of islands, the release said.

The modified aluminium superstructure of the vessel reduces the top weight and enhances its ability to propel at high speeds keeping in mind critical requirements of the naval craft for improved stealth and networking capabilities.

INS Koswari is complied with the latest regulations of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on sea pollution, the release said.

Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anup Singh, Chief Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Rear Admiral (retd) K C Sekhar and senior naval officers attended the function.

Fast attack craft INS Koswari commissioned - Rediff.com India News
 

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Indo-Russia JV to service Talwar frigates

New Delhi: Rosoboronservice India Ltd (ROS(I)) has made a proposal to the Indian Navy to render the guarantee period after-sales service to the three new Talwar class stealth frigates currently under construction at the Yantar shipyard at Kaliningrad in Russia.

An agreement towards this is slated to be signed during Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma's visit to that country this week. "A high-level delegation was in New Delhi to prepare the final agreement and logistics arrangements to ensure that this task can be accomplished effectively and efficiently," sources told FE.

ROS(I) is a JV formed through a strategic alliance between eight world renowned original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of defence equipment from Russia and Krasny Marine Services Pvt Ltd as the sole Indian partner. It was created by a Russian presidential decree to render after-sales service to all Russian origin assets of the Indian Navy in 2005.

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Indian warship docks at port | National news | The Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia's Newspaper of Record



Crew board the INS Airavat, an amphibious war vessel of the Indian navy, which docked at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on Tuesday.

THE INS Airavat, an amphibious warfare vessel of the Indian navy, made a port visit to Sihanoukville on Tuesday. This is the fifth visit by an Indian warship to Cambodia in as many years.

Part of the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet based in Vishakapatnam, the INS Airavat is capable of carrying 500 marines and 10 tanks. The ship is also equipped for humanitarian missions, and includes a fully-functioning hospital on board.

The ship began sea trials in 2008 and was commissioned on May 19, 2009, making it the third such vessel of the Shardul Class amphibious troop carriers. Constructed at a shipyard in Kolkata, the INS Airavat can operate at sea for 45 days and is named after the fabled albino, four-tusked elephant of Hindu mythology which was known as the mount for the Hindu god Indra, considered King of the Devas.

The ship carries two WM-18 rocket launchers, four CRN-91 AA 30mm guns, with a helicopter pad on the stern for its Westland Sea King helicopter.

Indian Commander Nitin Kapoor welcomed on board Cambodian Vice Admiral and Commander of the Cambodian Navy Tea Vinh and a coterie of senior Cambodian naval officers. Kapoor presented Vinh with a replica of the mythological elephant Airavat.

Indian Ambassador to Cambodia Rajesh Sachdeva said in his official remarks that Lord Indra was responsible for providing the rains and that the afternoon shower preceding the event was a blessing. He noted that the mythical elephant Airavat was visible at most of the Hindu temples constructed in Cambodia.

Indian navy officers were to visit a Cambodian orphanage yesterday as a way of assisting those in need in the Kingdom. The INS Airavat visited Brunei before docking in Sihanoukville. The ship will be making other port visits in Southeast Asia before returning to home port in India.
 

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Indian Navy decommissions oldest ship 'Sharabh'

The oldest commissioned ship of the Indian Navy, a landing ship tanker, 'Sharabh', was given a fond farewell after 35 years of service with a guard of honour and the naval band playing the Last Post.

The National Flag, Naval Ensign and the Decommissioning Pennant were hauled down for the last time at sunset symbolising the end of her service to the country, Indian Navy Public Relation Officer of Andaman & Nicobar Command Lt Commander Mannu Virk told to PTI.

The decommissioning ceremony was held at the Naval Jetty by Rear Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command Thursday.

The tanker had the distinction of participating in numerous amphibious operations both on the Eastern and Western seaboards and landed troops and materials on all major and minor landing sites in the Andaman Sea region.

It also regularly participated in multinational exercises like MILAN, CORPAT, SIMBEX and PASSEX.

In her final year of commission the ship completed almost 100 days at sea and participated in India-Indonesian Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) at Belawan, Indonesia and the subsequent Passing Exercise (PASEX) in November 2010.

In recognition to her indomitable spirit and devotion, the ship was awarded the coveted "Unit Citation" by Chief of the Naval Staff in 2003.

INS Sharabh was commissioned in the Indian Navy in January 1976 at Gdynia, Poland.

Lt Cdr P C B Nair was the commissioning Commanding Officer of the ship and since was commanded subsequently by 28 officers in 35 years of commissioned service.

Cdr Sanjay Kumar was the last officer to command the ship.

The ship was also instrumental in apprehension of prohibited items off Tilanchang Island from Mynamarese poachers in January this year.


Indian Navy decommissions oldest ship 'Sharabh' - Brahmand.com
 

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Great Offshore &Titan salvage Indian Navy's capsized vessel | idrw.org

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, the INS Vindhagiri, the Indian naval vessel came up from under the waters below the berth No. 5 at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai this morning. This was made possible by India's largest offshore service provider, Great Offshore Ltd., which teamed up with Titan Salvage to haul up the vessel and successfully salvage this frigate of the Nilgiri Class.

It was on 30th January 2011 that the 3,500-tonne naval vessel suffered severe damage after a Cyprus flag merchant ship, M.V. Nordlake collided with it at the entrance of Mumbai harbor. This caused a breach of the hull and extensive damage to the boiler room and a fuel tank. A major fire that broke out in the boiler room continued until the next day making the vessel to list then capsize and settle on the bottom of the naval docks despite all fire-fighting measures being in place. No casualty was reported.

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Broadsword: INS Satpura to be commissioned on 20th August 2011

INS Satpura: Second Shivalik class Indigenous Stealth Frigate. Conceived and designed by the Indian Naval Design team to be the mainstay frigates of Indian Navy for the first half of 21 century. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned on 20 Aug 2011 by the Raksha Mantri at Mumbai. Some leading particulars are as below:-

Guided-missile frigate
Displacement: 6200 tons
Length: 142.5 metres (468 ft)
Beam: 16.9 metres (55 ft)
Propulsion: 2 x Pielstick 16 PA6 STC Diesel engines & 2 x GE LM2500+ boost turbines in CODOG configuration
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h), 22 knots (41 km/h) (with Diesel Engines)
Complement: 257 (35 officers)

Sensors and processing systems:

1 x MR-760 Fregat M2EM 3-D radar
4 x MR-90 Orekh radar1 x EL/M 2238 STAR2 x EL/M 2221 STGR1 x BEL APARNAHUMSA (Hull Mounted Sonar Array)ATAS/Thales Sintra towed array systems
Electronic warfare and decoys: BEL Ajanta electronic warfare suite

Armament:



OTO Melara 76mm SRGM
2 x AK-630 30mm guns32 x Barak SAM9M317 (SA-N-12) SAM, total of 24 missiles8 x Klub cruise Missiles90R missiles (ASW)DTA-53-956 torpedoesKlub AS Missile2x RBU-6000 (RPK-8)Aircraft carried: 2 x HAL Dhruv or Sea King Mk.
 

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Chindits: INS Satpura To Be Commissioned On August 20, 2011 In Mumbai


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Type: Shivalik Class Guided-missile frigate
Displacement: 6200 tons Length: 142.5 metres
(468 ft)
Beam: 16.9 metres (55 ft)
Propulsion: 2 x Pielstick 16 PA6 STC Diesel engines
& 2 x GE LM2500+ boost turbines in CODOG
configuration. Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h) 22 knots
(41 km/h) (Diesel Engines) Complement: 257 (35
officers)
Sensors and processing systems: 1 x MR-760
Fregat M2EM 3-D radar 4 x MR-90 Orekh radar
1 x EL/M 2238 STAR 2 x EL/M 2221 STGR 1 x BEL
APARNA HUMSA (Hull Mounted Sonar Array)
ATAS/Thales Sintra towed array systems
Electronic warfare and decoys: BEL Ajanta
electronic warfare suite
Armament: OTO Melara 76mm SRGM 2 x AK-630
30mm guns 32 x Barak SAM 9M317 (SA-N-12)
SAM,total of 24 missiles 8 x Klub cruise Missiles
90R missiles (ASW) DTA-53-956 torpedoes Klub
AS Missile 2x RBU-6000 (RPK-8)
Aircraft carried: 2 x HAL Dhruv or Sea King Mk.
DPR
 

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^^ Nope, the Brahmos are going to be inducted into the Project-7A frigates.
 

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