Indian Navy launches 2 Diving Support Vessels in Visakhapatnam

The Indian Navy launched two Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) - Nistar and Nipun, in Visakhapatnam, indigenously built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd.

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Indian Navy launches 2 Diving Support Vessels in Visakhapatnam
Two Diving Support Vessels, Nistar and Nipun, were launched in Visakhapatnam.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian Navy launched two Diving Support Vessels - Nistar and Nipur - on Thursday
  • The vessels have been indigenously built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Visakhapatnam
  • These ships would be deployed for deep sea diving operations

Two indigenously designed and built Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) - Nistar and Nipun were launched by the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

The vessels, built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd., were launched by Kala Hari Kumar, in the presence of Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, who presided over the ceremony as chief guest.

Kala Hari Kumar, president of the Navy Wellness and Welfare Association (NWWA), performed the traditional honour and named these ships.

Other senior officers from the Indian Navy and Ministry of Defence were among the dignitaries who attended the launching ceremony.

These ships are a true testimonial to 'Aatmanirbharta'. They are self-sustaining platforms that can operate at sea for prolonged durations.

DSVs equipped with an array of complex diving support systems and a Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) will be deployed for deep sea diving and submarine rescue operations. Furthermore, the ships will be capable of conducting search and rescue operations and carrying out helicopter operations at sea.

This project was executed with the support of the Indian industry, primarily MSME firms who have supplied yard material, equipment and services. More than 120 MSME vendors across India actively participated in the project.

‘Nistar’ and ‘Nipun’ were launched by achieving approximately 80 per cent indigenous content, a major step towards 'Self Reliance'. The DSV project has generated local employment opportunities and promoted indigenisation which will boost India's economy.

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