INS Sumitra, 105 meter long Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) was launched on December 06 at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL). The same length of OPVs constructed by GSL for Indian Coast Guard are designated as AOPV (Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel). Construction for three NOPVs were approved by the government in March 2005 with an option to construct fourth one that was finalized in 2006 (project cost INR 2452 crores)
The 44th Annual Report and the audited Accounts of GSL for the year ended March 31, 2010 highlights that “the construction of Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel-Yards 1196 & 1211 are in advanced stages. The delivery of Naval Vessels (Yards 1194, 1195, 1196 & 1211) are affected due to delay in supply of gear boxes by the supplier. The Company has taken necessary steps to curtail the delay by procuring the gear boxes from alternative source”.
The four NOPVs are:
- INS Sarayu (Yard 1194, launched on March 30, 2009)
- INS Sunayna (Yard 1195 – keel laid in September 2007; launched on November 14, 2009)
- Yard 1196: Hull construction & Outfit contract from GSL, Goa completed by Shoft Shipyard (Bharuch yard)
- INS Sumitra (Yard 1211 – keel laid on April 28, 2010; launched on December 06, 2010)
Here are some photographs of INS Sumitra, available at GSL (News and Events).
Ceremonial launching by Smt Shiela Singh, wife of Shri R K Singh Secretary Defence Production.
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