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INS Saryu
History
India
Name: INS Saryu
Operator:  Indian Navy
Builder: Goa Shipyard Limited
Cost: 6.2 billion (US$90 million)
Launched: 30 March 2009
Completed: 21 December 2012
Commissioned: 21 January 2013
Identification: Pennant number: P54[1]
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Saryu class patrol vessel
Tonnage: 2,300 tonnes (2,300 long tons; 2,500 short tons)
Length: 105 m (344 ft)
Beam: 12.9 m (42 ft)
Height: 3.6 m (12 ft)
Installed power: 2 x 7790 kW engines
Propulsion: Two SEMT Pielstick diesel engines
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: 6,000 kilometres (3,700 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Endurance: Two months
Complement: Eight officers and 105 sailors
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 1x HAL Dhruv or 1x HAL Chetak[2]

INS Saryu is the first Saryu-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, designed and constructed indigenously by the Goa Shipyard Limited. The ship is home-ported at Port Blair, under the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). She is the largest offshore patrol vessel in the navy.[3][4][5]

Design and development[edit]

The Saryu-class patrol vessels were ordered for the navy by the Ministry of Defence in December 2008, for performing coastal patrol.[4] Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) became the first Indian shipyard to have designed and constructed this class of warship completely indigenously.[5]

Saryu is the most advanced vessel to be constructed by GSL in terms of design, performance and quality. The ship has been designed by an in-house team and was built at the cost of 6.2 billion (US$90 million).[2] Construction of the vessel took three and a half years, and was delayed due to late supply of gearboxes by the Indian supplier. A new order for the gearboxes was then placed with another manufacturer, which delivered them in early December 2011. Saryu was then completed by November 2012. Three more vessels of the class are being constructed for the navy, and all will be delivered by 18 months (from the commissioning of Saryu), each at an interval of six months.[3][6][7][8][5][9]

INS Saryu was launched on 30 March 2009 by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta.[10] The navy took delivery of the ship on 21 December 2012[11][12] and she was commissioned on 21 January 2013 at Vasco da Gama, by the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC), Air Marshal P.K. Roy.[5][7][13]

Description[edit]

The ship has a range of 6,000 kilometres (3,200 nmi), and can remain deployed at sea for two months without replenishment. She is crewed by eight officers and 105 sailors. She is armed with an Italian-made OTO Melara 76-millimetre (3.0 in) gun; two Russian-made AK-630 six-barrelled 30-millimetre (1.2 in) close-in weapon systems (CIWS), and six self-protection chaff launchers, all of which are controlled by an on-board electro-optic fire-control system.[14] She also has navigational and early warning radars, and an integrated electronic warfare system. She carries two rigid inflatable fast-motor boats alongside a multi-role helicopter like the HAL Dhruv or HAL Chetak.[7][15]

Propulsion and power are electronically controlled by a remote-control system, and the power management system is automatic. A fully integrated LAN and a CCTV management system is used to increase efficiency of the crew and optimally utilise the ship's equipment. Propulsion is provided by two SEMT Pielstick diesel engines, which are the largest engines of their type in the Indian Navy, and propel the ship to more than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph).[7]

Service history[edit]

Saryu is home-ported at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, under the ANC. Her first commanding officer is Commander Amanpreet Singh,[4] who will be commanding a ship for the second time. The ship will enhance the off-shore surveillance and maritime patrolling capability of the A&N command, where she will be used to patrol India's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and sea lines of communication.[14] She will also perform anti-piracy patrols and fleet-support operations like providing security to off-shore installations and escorting high-value assets.[5][7][8][9]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "INS Saryu Class Stealth OPVs". Naval Projects. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
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  5. ^ a b c d e "Navy receives warship INS Saryu from GSL". Business Standard. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Delay in Modernisation Program". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Indian Navy to commission indigenously built NOPV INS Saryu". The Times of India. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  8. ^ a b "India about to commission OPV INS Saryu". Naval Today. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  9. ^ a b "INS Saryu ready for commissioning". Navhind Times. 19 January 2013. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  10. ^ PTI 30 Mar 2009, 06.40 pm IST (30 March 2009). "Indian Navy launches patrol vessel". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 January 2013.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "GSL delivers Indian Navy's largest patrol vessel Y-1194 (INS Saryu)". Goa Shipyard Limited. 21 December 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Navy receives warship INS Saryu from GSL". Zeenews.india.com. 21 December 2012. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  13. ^ "INS Saryu commissioned near Andaman and Nicobar islands". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  14. ^ a b "INS SARYU Joins Indian Navy Fleet". Naval Today. 22 January 2013. Archived from the original on 8 March 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  15. ^ "INS Saryu - First Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Commissioned at Goa". Indian Navy. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.