Recently, the Indian Navy celebrated the commissioning of its latest survey vessel, INS Sandhayak, at the Naval Dockyard in Vizag.

About INS Sandhayak:

  • It is constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. 
  • Its primary objective is to conduct comprehensive coastal and deep-water Hydrographic Surveys, aiding in the determination of navigational routes and channels for ports and harbors.
  • The operational range of the vessel spans up to maritime boundaries, encompassing the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the extended continental shelf.
  • In addition to its hydrographic duties, the vessel is equipped to gather oceanographic and geophysical data, serving both military and civilian purposes.
  • In a secondary role, it can provide limited defense capabilities and function as a hospital ship during times of conflict or emergencies.
  • To boost cutting-edge hydrographic tools such as a Data Acquisition and Processing System, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, a Remotely Operated Vehicle, DGPS Long-range positioning systems, and Digital side-scan sonar.
  • Powered by two diesel engines, the vessel has a remarkable speed capability exceeding 18 knots with dimensions measuring 110 meters in length and displacing 3400 tons.

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