**Paradip: ** In a bid to make more and more youths interested to join the Indian Navy, Indian Naval Ships (INS) ‘Sumedha’ and ‘Tihayu’ has arrived at the Paradip Port here. As both the ships will stay at the port for two days for public view, visitors make beeline to see the ships.
INS Sumedha is an indigenously developed Naval Advanced Offshore patrol vessel of Saryu Class which was commissioned at Visakhapatnam on 07 March 2014. The ship has incorporated several weapon systems, sensors, state of art navigation system and communication/ Electronic Warfare equipment which make these ships a highly potent platform to take both symmetrical and asymmetrical tasks in the present day theatre of constant war and peace.
The ship has been constructed at Goa Shipyard Limited, Goa and is a symbol of ‘Make in India’ policy. The ship has been made in accordance with classification society rules of the American Bureau of Shipping and the Indian Register of shipping.
The 105m NOPV is capable of fleet support operations. coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of SLOCs, defence of offshore oil installations, escorting high value ships. Powered by twin diesel engines with CPP, the ship delivers a speed of 25 knots. The ship has an endurance of 6000 nautical miles. The ship can shoulder multiple roles including search, rescue and HADR missions. An advance automation system is provided for platform management .
The ship is equipped with 76mm Super Rapid Gun Mount which forms the main stay of Indian naval warship and can fire upto a range of 16km at a rate of 120 rounds per minute. She is also equipped with two AK 630 30mm Close Range Gun, which can fire upto a range of 4 to 5 kilometres at a rate of 4000 to 5000 rounds per minute makes the ship capable of engaging close range surface and air targets. Both SRGM and AK 630 can be fired using Electro Optic in remote mode as well as local target Designation Systems.
The ship has been designed to protect itself from incoming enemy missile via Kavach chaff system which are one of the latest indigenous system to be introduced in Indian Naval platforms.
The ship is capable of operating a wide range of helos including Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Seaking helicopter and Chetak. The ship has a unique distinction of being one of the limited platform capable of operating ALH.
The ship also supports hangarage for one aircraft thereby providing flexibility in role and deployment pattern. The capability to carry an integral multi-role helicopter significantly enhances the potency of the ship
Since commissioning in last four years, the ship has undertaken numerous operational tasks varying from independent deployments to operating with Eastern fleet. The ship was the Standby Presidential Yacht for International Fleet Review-16 which was conducted at Visakhapatnam.
The ship has undertaken multiple anti-piracy operations in Gulf of Aden and as part of Mission based deployment the ship has foreign operated in Bay of Bengal/ Malacca Straits.
The ship also entered various foreign ports such as Singapore, Male, Colombo, Djibouti, Salalah, Padang and Ho Chi Minh City as part of goodwill visits to strengthen bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the respective countries.
INS Tihayu (T-93) is the second ship of the four follow-on Waterjet Fast Attack Crafts (FO-WJFAC) built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata and was commissioned into Indian Navy on 19 October, 2016. The indigenously constructed and highly manoeuvrable vessel is an upgraded version of the previously designed WJFACs by GRSE. The ship derives her name from the Tihayu Island, also known as the Katchal Island belonging to the Nicobar Island archipelago.
The ship was launched on 30 June, 2015 by Smt Medha Murugesan, wife of Vice Admiral P Murugesan, AVSM, VSM (Retd), the then Vice Chief of the Naval Staff.
INS Tihayu with a length of 48.9 m and maximum breadth of 1.5 mtrs, has a displacement of 320 tons giving her an endurance of 2000 nm at 12-14 knots of economical speed. The ship is propelled by three water jet propulsion systems, powered by marine diesel engines that generate 2,720kW of power allowing her to do sustain speed in excess of 35 knots.
The ship’s design with aluminum superstructure also reduces her weight and aids in reducing radar cross-section area. The ship’s combat capability is augmented by one indigenously built 30 mm CRN 91 gun with electronic day night fire control system namely Stabilised Optronic Pedestal (SOP) as its director. The ship has an additional weapon package of 11 machine guns of various types and shoulder launched IGLA surface to air missiles to neutralise air threat.
The ship has been specifically built for meeting requirements of extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol. With high speeds and low draught being their mainstay, these vessels excel in rapid interception deployments, induction of landing parties and surveillance of large coastal areas.
INS Tihayu has been placed under the administrative control of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command and under the operational control of the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh).
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