New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) INS Saryu, the lead ship of the Indian Navy's indigenous Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel project (NOPV), was Monday commissioned into service in Goa by tri-service Andaman and Nicobar Command chief Air Marshal P.K. Roy, an official release said.
Designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited, the ship demonstrates potential of the country's indigenous designing and ship building capabilities, the release added.
It said INS Saryu will help meet growing requirements of ocean surveillance.
The role of the ship is to undertake surveillance of exclusive economic zone and carry out anti-piracy patrols and fleet support operations besides providing maritime security to off-shore assets.
Capable of carrying a helicopter (ALH) on board, the ship's weapon and sensor outfit includes a SRGM 76.2 mm gun with an electro-optic fire control system, two 30mm guns, latest navigational and early warning radars, chaff launchers for self-protection and an integrated ESM system to undertake all assigned missions.
It is also equipped with two rigid inflatable fast motor boats.
The ship is propelled by two SEMT diesel engines which are the largest engines of its type to be inducted in the Indian Navy, enabling the ship to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots.
The entire propulsion and power management of the ship is controlled electronically by means of a remote control system which also incorporates automatic power management system, the release said.