History & Culture

Indian Navy History: INS Sumitra, an Offshore Patrol Vessel

Indian Naval Ship Sumitra, the fourth of the indigenously designed and built Saryu class new generation Offshore Patrol Vessel, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 4 September 2014. The ship has an overall length of 105 metres, beam of 13 metres and displacement of 2,250 tonnes and is capable of speed in excess of 25 knots. She is manned by a crew of 10 officers and 135 sailors. The ship is fitted with medium range and anti-aircraft guns, chaff launchers and electronic warfare suite. The ship is also capable of operating ALH and Chetak helicopters, which enables the ship to perform a wide variety of roles including coastal and offshore patrolling, monitoring of Sea Lines of Communication, maritime diplomacy, anti-piracy and EEZ surveillance. The ship has been named after a common Indian name found in the Indian mythology, which starts with the alphabet ‘S’. The crest design of the ship depicts the constellation of Ursa Major, with Polaris prominent in Golden colour and a Red and White light-house on the coast against the Blue sky with Blue and White Sea waves in the lower half. The ship proudly lives upto her war cry ‘Dushmano ko khatra, Sumitra Sumitra’.

 

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