INS Betwa (F39)
Betwa docked at Mumbai Dock
|Commissioned:||7 July 2004|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2015[update]|
|Class & 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)|
During Operation Cactus, the Indian Navy was called in to rescue the Maldivian hostages taken by Sri Lankan mercenaries off the coast of Sri Lanka. INS Godavari and Betwa captured the freighter, rescued the hostages and arrested the mercenaries near the Sri Lankan coast.
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.