Indian Navy Commissions INS Airavat, Landing Ship Tank

by OldSailor on May 19, 2009


Indian Navy commissioned INS Airavat, Landing Ship Tank (Large) designed for amphibious operations today, May 19.  In Hindu mythology, Airavat is the mount of God Indra, and is the king-god of elephants.

Some interesting features of INS Airavat, LST (L), (L 24) are:

  • Commissioned by Admiral Sureesh Mehta, AVSM, PVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff at IN Jetty at Naval Base, Visakhapatnam.indian_navy_1
  • Constructed by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkota as Yard 3016.
  • Launched by Mrs. Maria Teresa Mehta at Kolkota on March 27, 2006.
  • An upgrade of the Magar Class, the First LST (L)) and is the fifth LST (L) of the Indian Navy and third of the Shardul class.
  • The ship measures 125 meters in length, 17.5 meters in breadth and displaces 5655 tons.
  • Equipment, capabilities
    • Two indigenous WM 18A Rocket Launchers
    • Chaff Rockets to clutter the sensory inputs of an incoming enemy aircraft or missile
    • Two indigenous CRN 91 Anti-Aircraft Guns auto-controlled by Optronic Sights
    • Shoulder launched IGLA Surface to Air Missiles
    • Microprocessor based anti-roll Flume Stabilisation System
    • Smoke Curtains to impede spreading of smoke and toxic gases in case of fire onboard
    • Can carry 10 Main Battle Tanks, 11 Combat Trucks and 500 Troops
    • Can operate Seaking 42C, indigenous Dhruv helicopters
    • Can operate independently at high seas for as long as 45 days
  • Also has fully integrated, microprocessor based
    • Remote Propulsion Control
    • Battle Damage Control System
    • Automated Power Management System
  • Suitable for
    • HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) missions during natural calamities like tsunami, cyclone, earthquake etc.
    • Amphibious operations
    • Assault operations
    • Hospital ship
    • Fleet Tanker through stern refueling of other naval vessels
  • Most of the equipment supplied by PSUs like Bharat Electronics Medak, HAL, Keltron and private sector companies like Larsen and Toubro, Kirloskar,  Godrej.

Here are some commissioning photographs from Press Information Bureau.

Admiral Sureesh Mehta at the saluting dice at the ceremonial Guard of Honour during the commissioning of Airavat.

The Chief of Naval Staff,  Admiral Sureesh Mehta at the saluting dice at the ceremonial Guard of Honour during the commissioning of Airavat, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on May 19, 2009.

INS Airavat sails out of Visakhapatnam harbour after commissioning on May 19, 2009.


Read more from Press Information Bureau: Report 1, Report 2.

Post in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:

Bangladesh Delivers First Ocean Going Ship to Denmark

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