Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions INS Sandhayak, Sends Stern Warning To Pirates

Visakhapatnam, India The first of four Survey Vessel Large (SVL) ships, Sandhayak, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on Saturday at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh was there. Singh warned that people who are involved in maritime piracy and smuggling will not be allowed and said that the SVL ship would help a lot in learning about the oceans and protecting both the country and other countries.

INS Sandhayak’s main job is to do full-scale hydrographic studies of harbors, ports, navigational channels, routes, coastal areas, and the deep sea to make sure that ships can safely navigate the oceans.

“The Indian Ocean has many choke points, such as the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Guinea, and others. A lot of international trade goes through these areas.” There are still a lot of risks at these choke points, but Singh said that pirates were the biggest. He was talking about how quickly the Indian Navy responded to save ships from pirates.

The minister told those involved in piracy and smuggling at sea that they would not be allowed. He also praised the Indian Navy for protecting not only Indian ships but also ships from friendly countries.

He said again that India was determined to protect the freedom of trade, business, and navigation between nations and to stop illegal and unrestricted fishing in the Indian Ocean.

“INS Sandhayak will further strengthen India’s role as a superpower in the Indo-Pacific region and help the Indian Navy in maintaining peace and security,” said Singh in a public announcement.

The defense minister said that the country is making progress toward growth with a stronger Navy than ever, which is the first line of defense in the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific region.

It was made at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The Warship Design Bureau of the Indian Navy was in charge of this project.

It weighs 3,400 tons, is 110 meters long, and has a beam that is 16 meters wide. It comes with cutting-edge hydrographic tools like autonomous underwater vehicles, multibeam echo sounders for deep and shallow water, and more.

There are also side scan sonars, a data acquisition and processing system, a remotely controlled vehicle, a data acquisition and processing system, and other high-tech features on the INS Sandhayak, which is made up of 80% indigenous material.

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