INS Airavat (L24)
|Builder:||Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers|
|Yard number:||Yard 3016|
|Commissioned:||19 May 2009|
|Identification:||pennant number: L24|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Shardul-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||125 m (410 ft)|
|Beam:||17.5 m (57 ft)|
|Draught:||4 m (13 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Kirloskar PA6 STC engines|
|Speed:||16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Complement:||11 officers, 145 sailors|
|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 and earthquakes. She has a fully functioning hospital on-board, the capacity to carry 500 soldiers, and can provide stern refuelling for other naval vessels.
On 1 May 2016, INS Airavat arrived at Brunei to participate in the ADMM Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus) Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism(Ex MS & CT) which took place from 1–9 May 2016. During the exercise, she engaged with participating navies from Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, Republic of Korea and the United States, through professional interactions in harbor and complex operations at sea.
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