The Indian Navy has recently launched the first of four new 105-metre naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPV).
‘The first vessel, ‘INS Saryu’ was launched on March 30 at the port town of Vasco. Attending the launching ceremony was Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta. Built by Goa Shipyards, ‘INS Saryu’ measures 105 metres in length, 12.9 metres at the beam, and has a displacement of 2,215 tonnes and a maximum speed of 25 knots. The vessel is capable of both coastal and offshore patrolling, and can even be used for ocean surveillance. The vessel can also perform fleet support operations or escort duties. Indian Navy officials said that the vessel would be primarily used for surface ware fare operations to prevent infiltration and transgression of maritime sovereignty.