DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The second of the four-vessels (Large) (SVL) Project 110m-long ‘Nirdeshak’ was launched at Kattupalli, Chennai in a ceremony attended by Eastern Naval Command’s Flag Officer commanding in chief, vice-admiral Biswajit Dasgupta. The delivery of the new vessel is expected in April 2023.
The SVL ships are equipped with new-generation hydrographic equipment and they can operate at a maximum speed of 18kt. It can also carry around four survey motorboats and an integral helicopter.
The first of the four vessels, ‘Sandhayak’ was launched in December 2021 at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. The delivery of the vessel is expected in January 2023.
The vessel derives its name from the former Indian Naval Survey ship, Nirdeshak. After 32 years of service, the ship was decommissioned in December 2014.
The vessel is being built by GRSE in collaboration with L&T shipbuilding for the Indian Navy. To build the four vessels, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with GRSE for the Indian Navy. These four vessels will replace the existing fleet of Indian Navy’s Sandhayak Class survey ships to collect oceanographic and geophysical data for defence and civil applications. It will also serve as hospital ships during emergencies.