Indian Navy

INS Sandhayak, India’s Largest Survey Vessel, Delivered by GRSE On Navy Day

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  • The Sandhayak class of SVLs can also do surveys of the maritime limits and gather geographical and oceanographic information for military use.
  • These include three 17A Advanced Frigates, eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft, and four Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels.

Engineers and shipbuilders from Garden Reach gave the Indian Navy the largest survey ship they had ever made, INS Sandhayak, on Navy Day 2023.

Four Survey Vessels (Large) are being built by GRSE. The first one is called INS Sandhayak. The naval ship was launched on December 5, 2021.

The first of four big, high-tech survey ships is called INS Sandhayak. A ship with the same name served in the Indian Navy from 1981 to 2021 as a survey vessel. This is a new version of that ship. The new INS Sandhayak and the ships that go with it are more advanced than the older ones, which have all been taken out of service.

It is Navy Day for the Indian Navy on December 4. Since the first Indian-built warship, INS Ajay, was delivered to the Indian Navy in 1961, GRSE has worked with the Indian Navy. GRSE has given the Indian Navy 70 more warships since then.

The INS Sandhayak is a 110-meter-long warship of great quality. It is a big deal that India has never built a platform of this size before. “It is amazing that GRSE kept working on this ship even during the years of the pandemic,” GRSE said in a statement.

Coastal and deep-water hydrographic surveys of port and harbor approaches can be done by these survey ships. They can also find navigational channels and routes. The Sandhayak class of SVLs can also do surveys of the maritime limits and gather geographical and oceanographic information for military use. This kind of information makes India’s maritime capabilities stronger.

Each of these ships can also carry a helicopter, fight in low-intensity battles, and serve as hospital ships. They can also be used for operations like disaster relief and helping people in need.

Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE, Cmde P R Hari IN (Retd), praised the work of Team GRSE, the Indian Navy, and everyone else involved. He said, “We are proud to deliver this ship on Navy Day, and we are confident that we will deliver the other three ships of the SVL project as planned.”

Twelve more warships are being built by GRSE for the Indian Navy right now. These include three 17A Advanced Frigates, eight Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft, and four Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels.

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