INS Makar (J31)

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INS Makar
INS Makar (J31)
Career  Indian Navy
Name: INS Makar (J31)
Namesake: Makar
Operator:  Indian Navy
Builder: Alcock Ashdown Limited
Laid down: 24 April 2008
Launched: 3 February 2010
Commissioned: 21 September 2012
General characteristics
Tonnage: 500 tons[1]
Length: 53.15 m[1]
Beam: 16 m[1]
Draught: 4.5 m[1]
Speed: 12 knots
Crew: 6 officers and 44 sailors[2]

INS Makar (J31) is the lead ship of Makar class survey catamaran used for hydrographic survey by the Indian Navy. It was built indigenously in India by Alcock Ashdown Limited, Gujarat.[3][4]

Description[edit]

The INS Makar is tasked with undertaking hydrographic surveys for producing navigational charts and is capable of collecting marine environmental information by conducting limited oceanographic surveys.[2][5]

Equipped with four engines and two bow thrusters, INS Makar has an Integrated Platform Management System that combines the vessel's power, navigation and propulsion systems. She also carries onboard survey motorboats, autonomous underwater vehicles and remotely operated vehicles for carrying out surveys. INS Makar is further fitted with a wide range of survey equipment that includes sounding systems, bottom profilers and an advanced electronic positioning system. Air conditioned data processing facilities are available on board the INS Makar's caravan.[2][6][7]

Service history[edit]

Laid down in 2008, she was launched two years later at Bhavnagar and was commissioned into the Navy at the Seabird Naval Base, Karwar in September 2012 by the then Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha. She is named for the constellation of Capricorn.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Vessels Under Execution - Survey Vessel, Indian Navy". Alcock Shipyard. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Indigenously Built INS Makar Commissioned into Indian Navy". Indian Navy. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "INS Makar commissioned into the Indian Navy". Economic Times. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Navy commissions survey vessel INS Makar". Zee News. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "INS Makar Commissioned into Indian Navy". Outlook. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Hydrographic survey vessel commissioned". The Hindu. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Navy commissions survey vessel INS Makar". Business Standard. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013.