2 Diving Support Vessels of Indian Navy all set to be launched in Visakhapatnam

The Indian Navy is all set to get two Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) on Thursday, indigenously built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd.

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2 Diving Support Vessels of Indian Navy all set to be launched in Visakhapatnam
These vessels will be deployed for deep sea diving operations.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian Navy is all set to get two Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) on Thursday
  • The vessels have been indigenously built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Visakhapatnam
  • These ships would be deployed for deep sea diving operations

The Indian Navy is all set to get two Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) on Thursday, indigenously built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Visakhapatnam.

Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, will be the chief guest at the launching ceremony. The vessels will be launched by Kala Hari Kumar, President of the Navy Welfare and Wellness Association (NWWA), who will also perform the traditional honour.

The first of its kind indigenously designed vessels are 118.4 metres long, 22.8 metres at the broadest point and will have a displacement of 9,350 tons.

These ships would be deployed for deep sea diving operations. Additionally, with Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) embarked, the DSVs are designed to undertake submarine rescue operations, in case a requirement exists. Furthermore, these ships will be capable of sustained patrolling, conducting search and rescue operations and carrying out helicopter operations at the high seas.

With approximately 80 per cent indigenous content, the DSV project has generated considerable local employment opportunities and has also promoted indigenisation which in turn, will aid in boosting India’s economy.

The contract for the construction of the two vessels was signed with the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in 2018 to the tune of Rs 2,392.94 crore.

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