‘Shipbuilding process continues to be the most challenging task’


The Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command Air Marshal P K Roy, AVSM VM VSM, on Monday, said that the shipbuilding process continues to be the most challenging task, from conceptualisation of design till delivery in acceptance of the seaworthy combat platform.
The Air Marshal Roy was addressing the gathering after the commissioning of the state-of-the-art new generation naval offshore patrol vessel (NOPV), INS Saryu, indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd.
The vessel was formally commissioned into the Indian Navy by Air Marshal Roy in the presence of Vice-Admiral K R Nair, AVSM, CWP and A, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area and Naval Aviation, Rear Admiral B S Parhar, NM, Chairman and Managing Director of GSL, Rear Admiral (retired) Vineet Bakhshi VSM, Commanding Officer of the Ship Commander, Amanpreet Singh besides senior officers from the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and GSL.
The Air Marshal extended warm felicitation to the entire team of GSL for building the state-of-the-art new generation naval offshore patrol vessel.
He expressed confidence that the INS Saryu would discharge all the task and goals in the Andaman and Nicobar regions soon.
He opined that the GSL has made a significant contribution and also has played an important role in transforming the INS Saryu.
He further said that the INS Saryu which is build in-house by GSL is an outstanding example of complex ship building project.
The Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area and Naval Aviation, Rear Admiral B S Parhar, NM, while addressing the gathering said that the new vessel INS Saryu is sophisticated and it has the ability to protect the sea line.
Rear Admiral Parhar disclosed that the erstwhile INS Saryu, which was commissioned in early 90s, is now in the service of the Sri Lankan Navy.
Chairman and Managing Director of GSL, Rear Admiral (retired) Vineet Bakhshi, VSM, while speaking on the occasion stated that INS Saryu is the largest offshore patrol vessel designed and built by the GSL.
“The commissioning of INS Saryu has been a landmark event and matter of pride for the GSL, since it is the first of the its kind advanced offshore patrol vessel,” stated Rear Admiral Bakhshi.
He informed that the GSL has so far built 191 ships and 124 interceptors and other boats for the defence and added that the GSL has developed a range of offshore patrol vessel for the nation and has thus proven its capacity.
He congratulated the GSL employees for contributing significantly to the progress of the shipyard.
Rear Admiral Bakhshi disclosed that the GSL is committed to the timely delivery of the quality ships required by the nation.
INS Saryu is the first in the series of four new class of NOPVs designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd for the Indian Navy.
In accordance with maritime traditions, the Commanding Officer of the Ship Commander Amanpreet Singh read the ‘Commissioning Warrant’ after which the National Flag and the Commissioning pennant was hoisted for the first time. The ship was dressed overall with various flags making the event more colourful.
INS Saryu will help meet the increasing requirement of the Indian Navy for undertaking 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.
INS Saryu is powered by twin diesel engines and fitted with state-of-the-art navigation, communication and electronic warfare equipment. One 76mm SRGM, two 30mm CIWS guns with fire control system together with six chaff launchers form the main weapon package of the vessel.
Sporting a flight deck, the vessel supports embarkation and operation of a multi-role helicopter.
The vessel accommodates 8 officers and 105 sailors. With 25 per cent reserve fuel capacity and an extended mission duration capability of 60 days, the vessel is designed to operate all year round. She would contribute substantially to the maritime surveillance capability and coastal security of India.
For GSL, this warship is the culmination of many years of in-house design development and shipbuilding techniques. [NT]