INS Satpura (F48)

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Launch of INS Satpura
INS Satpura during Malabar 2012
History
India
Name: INS Satpura
Namesake: Satpura range
Builder: Mazagon Dock Limited
Laid down: 31 October 2002
Launched: 4 June 2004
Commissioned: 20 August 2011
Identification: F48
Motto:
  • Nishchay, Garv, Sahas
  • (Determination, Pride, Bravery)
Status: in active service
Badge: INS Satpura seal
General characteristics
Class and type: Shivalik-class frigate
Displacement: 6,200 tonnes (6,100 long tons; 6,800 short tons) full load[1]
Length: 142.5 m (468 ft)[2]
Beam: 16.9 m (55 ft)
Draught: 4.5 m (15 ft)
Installed power:
  • 2 × Pielstick 16 PA6 STC Diesel engines
  • 15,200 shp (11,300 kW)
  • 2 × GE LM2500+
  • 33,600 shp (25,100 kW)
Propulsion: boost turbines in CODOG configuration.
Speed:
  • 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)[3]
  • 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) (diesel engines)
Complement: 257 (35 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × MR-760 Fregat M2EM 3-D radar
  • 4 × MR-90 Orekh radar
  • 1 × Elta EL/M-2238 STAR
  • 2 × Elta EL/M-2221 STGR
  • 1 × BEL APARNA
  • HUMSA (hull-mounted sonar array)
  • ATAS/Thales Sintra towed array systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
BEL Ajanta electronic warfare suite
Armament:
  • Anti-air missiles:
  • 32-cell VLS launched Barak 1 missiles
  • 24× Shtil-1 medium range missiles
  • Anti-ship/Land-attack missiles:
  • 8 × VLS launched Klub, anti-ship cruise missiles
  • or
  • 8 × VLS launched BrahMos, anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles
  • Guns:
  • 1 × 3.0-inch Otobreda, naval gun
  • 2 × AK-630 CIWS
  • Anti-submarine warfare:
  • 2 × 2 DTA-53-956 torpedo launchers
  • 2 × RBU-6000 (RPK-8) rocket launchers
Aircraft carried: 2 × HAL Dhruv or Sea King Mk. 42B helicopters

INS Satpura (F48) is a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate built for the Indian Navy. This class is an improvement over the preceding Talwar-class frigates with increased stealth and land attack features.[4]

Construction[edit]

INS Satpura was built at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. The keel was laid on 31 October 2002 and was launched on 4 June 2004. She was completed in 2010 and underwent sea trials before being commissioned on 20 August 2011 into the Eastern Naval Command headquartered at Visakhapatnam.[4]

Service history[edit]

The EL/M-2238 STAR radar onboard Satpura

2012[edit]

INS Satpura participated in the Malabar 2012 exercise with the United States Navy along with destroyers INS Ranvir, INS Ranvijay, corvette INS Kulish and replenishment oiler INS Shakti. Other ships that participated in the exercise included Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 of the US Navy, comprising[5] USS Carl Vinson, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey. Military Sealift Command's fast combat support ship USNS Bridge also provided support for the exercise.[6]

2013[edit]

On 6 May 2013, INS Satpura with INS Kirch, INS Ranvijay and INS Shakti visited Da Nang, Vietnam.[7] On 28 May 2013, INS Satpura with INS Kirch participated in IMDEX-13 at Changi, Singapore.[8]

2015[edit]

In May 2015, she with INS Kamorta, INS Ranvir and INS Shakti was deployed to South East Asia on a two-month deployment. On 23-26 May 2015, INS Satpura participated with the Singapore Navy in SIMBEX-15.[9] On 4-6 June 2015, INS Satpura with INS Kamorta visited Fremantle, Australia. On 28-30 June 2015, she with INS Shakti visited Sattahip, Thailand.[10] She was commanded by Captain Hari Krishnan.[11][12][13]

2016[edit]

From 30 May to 3 June 2016, INS Satpura with INS Kirch visited Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. She was commanded by Captain A N Pramod. [14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shivalik class". Indiannavy.nic.in. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  2. ^ Cdr. A.K. Lambhate, "Stealth is Wealth", Sainik Samachar, Vol. 51, No. 14, 16–31 July 2004, Ministry of Defence (India).
  3. ^ Monica Chadha, India trials stealth frigate, BBC, 18 April 2003
  4. ^ a b "Shivalik Class Frigates". Naval Technology. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  5. ^ Carrier Strike Group 1 Completes Exercise Malabar 2012
  6. ^ Carl Vinson Sailors Make History During Exercise Malabar 2012
  7. ^ Newspaper, Tuoi Tre. "Four Indian naval ships visit Da Nang". tuoitrenews.vn. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  8. ^ Eshel, Noam. "Photo Report: Singapore Hosts International Navies IMDEX 2013 | Defense Update:". defense-update.com. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  9. ^ "SIMBEX visit.". 
  10. ^ Thailand, Nation Multimedia Group Public Company Limited, Nationmultimedia.com,. "Indian vessels dock at Sattahip to boost bilateral defence ties - The Nation". The Nation. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  11. ^ "Indian Navy Vessels Dock in Fremantle, Australia". Naval Today. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  12. ^ Saran, Shyam (2015-11-27). "India and Australia: From a Shared Ocean and Shared Values to Strategic Convergence". The Wire. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  13. ^ Diplomat, Prashanth Parameswaran, The. "Why Are India's Warships in Thailand and Cambodia?". The Diplomat. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  14. ^ Diplomat, Franz-Stefan Gady, The. "South China Sea Deployment: Indian Stealth Warships Visit Vietnam". The Diplomat. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  15. ^ "Visit of Indian Warships to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam | Indian Navy". indiannavy.nic.in. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 

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