Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) are scheduled to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in presence of Vice Adm SPS Cheema, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command today, September 29.
The vessels will be commissioned as T-48, T-49 and T-50. This will take up the total number of such vessels to 23 of which 17 will be based at Mumbai. In keeping with the Prime Minister’s call to ‘Make in India’, 14 of the ISVs were built indigenously by M/s SHM Shipcare, Thane, while four were built by M/s ADSB and five by M/s Rodman Polyships.
These vessels provide protection to the Offshore Development Area, commonly known as Bombay High oil platforms, which accounts for approximately 70% of the indigenous hydrocarbon production in the country.
Built to international standards, these ships, armed with Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) and propelled by Water Jet propulsion, can operate at maximum speeds of 40 Knots, economical speeds of 20 Knots with an endurance at sea of 500 nautical miles. These ships are also equipped with advanced sensors and navigational aids.
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