INS Deepak (A 50), built by Fincantieri of Italy has joined the Indian Navy. The formal induction and commissioning was done by the Defence Minister, Shri A. K. Antony at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai in the presence of Admiral Nirmal Varma, Chief of Naval Staff and Corrado Antonini, Chairman of Fincantieri.
Some interesting features of INS Deepak (photo on the right is from Press Information Bureau) are:
- has been built with a double hull to avoid the risk of pollution in case of collision or damage.
- has a displacement at full load of 27,500 tonnes.
- 175 metres long with a beam of 25 metres and a height of 19 metres.
- has two 10,00 kW diesel engines for propulsion with Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP).
- has maximum speed of 20 knots.
- has a flight deck to operate medium heavy helicopters (up to 10 tons).
- can accommodate 250 crew.
- can supply logistics to four ships at the same time.
The second tanker INS Shakti launched in October 2010, at Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard, is also expected to be delivered this year.
Here is the full view of INS Deepak.
View a video clip from You Tube (audio in Hindi): Navy inducts fleet tanker INS Deepak
Read more from press release of Fincantieri.
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