INS Airavat (L24)
|Builder:||Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers|
|Yard number:||Yard 3016|
|Commissioned:||19 May 2009|
|Class & type:||Shardul class landing ship|
|Propulsion:||Kirloskar PA6 STC engines|
10 infantry trucks or APC
|Complement:||11 officers, 145 sailors|
|Armament:||2 x WM-18 rocket launchers
4 x CRN-91 AA (Naval 30mm Medak) guns, MANPAD's
shoulder-launched IGLA SAMs
|Aircraft carried:||1 Westland Sea King or HAL Dhruv|
INS Airavat was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata at Yard 3016. She began sea trials in July 2008 after completing basin trials in May. She was commissioned at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam on 19 May 2009, by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta. She is named for the mount of god Indra, the elephant Airavata, as mentioned in the Rigveda.
Safety features aboard the Airavat include anti-roll Flume Stabilisation System, smoke curtains to impede spreading of smoke and toxic gases in case of fire, as well as battle damage control systems. Fully loaded, she can operate independently at high seas for up to 45 days.
While primarily designed for amphibious assault operations, Airavat's missions also include Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) during natural disasters, including tsunamis, cyclones, earthquakes, etc. She has a full-functioning hospital on-board, the capacity to carry 500 soldiers, and can provide stern refueling for other naval vessels.
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