India’s maritime security has recently got a boost with the induction of its first indigenously built off shore patrol vessel named INS Saryu.
“The commissioning pennant of India’s first completely indigenously built off shore patrol vessel is broken and with the hoisting of its colours by the nishaan toli or colours guard the ship is inducted into the Indian Navy,” said Commander Amanpreet Singh while reading the commissioning warrant for INS Saryu in Goa.
“The 105 metre long, 2200 tonne INS Saryu will house 8 officers and over 100 sailors with an endurance of 6000 nautical miles and can operate on extended missions upto 60 days,” he added.
The INS Saryu has been a labour of love for the Goa Shipyard Limited as its CMD told our reporter that there are three more naval offshore patrol vessels being built here and they will be delivered in quick succession every six months.
Armed with one 76mm SRGM as its main artillery and two 30mm AK 630 close in guns, the Saryu has adequate teeth for its deployments in blue water surveillance, anti piracy patrols, escorting of high value ships and monitoring of sea lanes of communications.