The Indian Navy’s offshore patrol vessel Sumitra on 6 December 2016 reached Darwin, Australia. The vessel is on a three day visit to the country and will return to India after participating in the Royal New Zealand Navy International Naval Review 2016.
The ship’s visit to Australia is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing maritime security cooperation between the two nations.
- During INS Sumitra’s stay in harbour, various activities are planned towards enhancing cooperation and mutual understanding between the two navies. Such activities include professional interactions with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and discussions towards further enhancing inter-operability.
- Calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices would also be undertaken.
- On departure, the ship would also undertake a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with RAN ships.
About INS Sumitra
- INS Sumitra is the fourth of the Saryu class ships.
- It is based on an indigenous design and constructed by M/s Goa Shipyard Ltd, India.
- It was commissioned in 2014. Since then, the ship has been deployed for multiple operational tasks, the most notable being ‘Operation Rahat.’
- The ship has a range of 6500 nautical miles and is competent in embarking one Dhruv/ Chetak helicopter.
- The ship is commanded by Cdr. KP Shreeshan.