INS Betwa (F39)

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Betwa at anchor in 2011
Betwa at anchor in 2011
History
India
Name: INS Betwa
Namesake: Betwa River
Builder: Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE)
Commissioned: 7 July 2004[1]
Status: in active service
Badge: INS Betwa Seal
General characteristics
Class and type: Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigate
Displacement: 3850 tons full load
Length: 126.4 m (414 ft 8 in)
Beam: 14.5 m (47 ft 7 in)
Draught: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: Two Bhopal turbines, 30,000 hp (22,000 kW), two 550 psi boilers and two shafts
Speed: In excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 440–450 (incl. 40 officers + 13 aircrew)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Air/Surface; 1 x Bharat RAWS-03 radar at S-band frequency using a DA08 antenna
  • Air;1 x Bharat/Signaal RAWL-02 (PLN 517) radar at D-band frequency using a LW08 antenna
  • Navigation;1 x Decca Bridgemaster, BEL Rashmi (PIN 524) radar at I-band frequency using a ZW06 antenna
  • 1 × Bharat HUMSA sonar; 1 x Thales Sintra sonar and 1 x BEL Radar Warning Receiver Suite
Armament:
  • 16 × Kh-35 (SS-N-25 Switchblade) AShMs (4 x quadruple KT-184 launchers)
  • 3 × 8 Barak SAM VLS system
  • 1 × OTO Melera Super Rapid 76mm main gun
  • 4 × 6-barrelled 30mm AK-630 Gatling guns
  • 6 × 324mm ILAS 3 (2 x triple tubes) with Whitehead A244S anti-submarine torpedoes
Aircraft carried:

INS Betwa (F39) is a Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigate currently in service with the Indian Navy. The ship is named for the Betwa River.

Operations[edit]

Operation Sukoon[edit]

Betwa was a part of Task Force 54, returning from the Mediterranean, when the 2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict broke out. As a part of Operation Sukoon, Betwa participated in the evacuation of Indian citizens from Lebanon to Cyprus.

Incidents[edit]

On January 4, 2014, the ship hit an unidentified object underwater and cracked the sonar dome.[2][3]

On December 5, 2016, Betwa slipped off support blocks and onto its port side when undocking from a graving dock in Mumbai after repairs, killing 2 sailors and injuring 15 others.[4] The ship's main mast was also damaged.[3][5][6] Sources report the salvage and repair of the ship will take approximately two years.[7] Resolve Marine Engineering, a US based firm, was contracted to salvage the vessel in January 2017 for a sum of Rs. 20 Crore.[8]

On February 22, 2017, it was reported that the ship has been made upright. The plan is to make the ship operational by April 2018.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brahmaputra Class, Godavari Class". Indian Navy. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Purohit, Jugal R (24 January 2014). "What ails the Indian Navy's blue water aspirations?". indiatoday. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "2 dead, 15 hurt as INS Betwa tips over during undocking". rediff. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Indian Navy Frigate Tips Over in Graving Dock". The Maritime Executive. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Presley, Thomas (5 December 2016). "INS Betwa slips at Naval dockyard". Mumbai: Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "In Mega-Accident, Warship INS Betwa Flips Over, 2 Sailors Dead". NDTV. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Som, Vishnu (6 December 2016). "Navy Plans To Salvage Rs. 600 Crore INS Betwa Which Lies On Its Side Flooded". NDTV. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Rs 20cr deal to lift INS Betwa". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.rediff.com/news/report/ins-betwa-back-on-even-keel/20170222.htm
INS Betwa capsized at its moorings.