The Indian Navy on 24 March 2015 commissioned three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) comprising T-38, T-39 and T-40 at the Visakhapatnam Naval Dockyard in Andhra Pradesh. These ISVs were commissioned by the Vice Admiral Satish Soni.
These three ISVs are in addition to the first batch of ISVs commissioned on 04 June 2014 and will constitute the 84th Immediate Support Vessel Squadron based at Visakhapatnam.
Two ISVs were built by Rodman Spain and the third vessel was built by the Abu Dhabi Ship Builders (ADSB).
The project to build ISVs was a joint collaboration between the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd, Ship Builders and the Indian Navy.
• ISVs are lightly armed surface crafts and can be operated at high seas as well as in coastal waters.
• These are armed with Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) and are fitted with state of the art radar and navigation equipment.
• Two caterpillar engines of 1600 MHP each provide water jet propulsion to the vessel which enables it to travel at a high speed of 40 knots and an endurance of 500 nautical miles.
• These ships are capable of carrying out day and night surveillance operations by the Marine Commando Force (MARCOS).
The ISVs will be operated from Vishakhapatnam and will augment the Navy’s capabilities to protect the porous maritime borders and offshore assets like petroleum and natural gas production sites.
Where: Vishakapatnam dockyard
When: 24 March 2015