India's largest naval offshore patrol vessel (NOPV) INS Sumitra was commissioned into Indian Navy on 4 September 2014. It was commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan at Chennai Port Trust. Admiral RK Dhowan is the chief of the Naval Staff of India.
INS Sumitra would join the Eastern Naval Command fleet for maritime surveillance and coastal security. Moreover, the vessel would further the coastal surveillance, anti-piracy and counter maritime terrorism operations of the Indian Navy.
The vessel is the fourth in the series of indigenous NOPV developed for Indian Navy. Earlier, the first, second and third of the series of 105 meter class of NOPV- INS Saryu, INS Sunayna and INS Sumedha were handed over to the Navy by Goa Shipyard Limited.
The ship is commanded by Commander Milind Mohan Mokashi, a Communication Specialist who is an alumnus of the 53rd Naval Academy Course and the prestigious 67th Defence Services Staff Course at Wellington. The ship is manned by nine officers and 105 sailors.
• INS Sumitra will have a major role to play in patrolling India’s eastern seaboard and will be an important component under the NOIC (Tamil Nadu & Puducherry) and the Eastern Naval Command
INS Sumitra is the first major ship being based at Chennai in recognition of the growing importance of the region and enhanced surveillance needs.
• The primary role of the ship is to undertake surveillance of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) including operations like anti-piracy patrols, fleet support operations and maritime security of off-shore assets.
• Designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited, INS Sumitra demonstrates the immense potential of the country’s indigenous design and ship building capability.
• It measures about 105 meters in length, 13 meters in breadth and displacing 2200 tons. The ship can achieve speed of 25 knots with an endurance of 6000 nautical miles.
• The ship’s weapon and sensor outfit include a 76.2 mm gun (Super Rapid Gun Mount), Close in Weapon Systems (CWS), Electronic Support System Sanket Mk III and Communication Intelligence System ELK 7036.
• The vessel is also equipped with two Rigid Inflatable Fast Motor Boats. In addition, the ship is also capable of carrying a helicopter onboard.
• The entire propulsion and power management of the ship is controlled electronically by means of a remote control system.
• The ship is equipped with a fully integrated LAN system along with a CCTV management system which enables optimal utilisation of onboard equipment and optimisation of manpower.
Who: INS Sumitra
Where: in Chennai
When: 4 September 2014