Two Saryu class OPVs under fitment and Goa Shipyard Limited. INS Saryu is at rear, and INS Sunayna at front. Photo Copyright © Vijainder K Thakur
Goa Shipyard Limited is constructing four INS Saryu class stealth Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) for the Indian Navy.
The primary role of the ship is to undertake EEZ surveillance, anti-piracy patrols, fleet support operations, provide maritime security to off shore assets and carry out escort operations for high value assets.
The 105 m long Saryu class OPVs have a displacement of about 2215 tons.
Saryu class ships are propelled by two SEMT diesel engines which are the largest engines of its type to be inducted in the Indian Navy, enabling the ships to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots.
The ship has a range of 6,000 nm at 16 kts and a normal endurance of 20 days, extendable to 60 days.
The entire propulsion and power management of the ship is controlled electronically by means of a Remote Control System which incorporates the Automatic Power Management System also.
Armed with 1 x 76 mm Ottomelara gun with electro optic Fire Control System (FCS) and 2 x 30 mm Close-in Weapon System (CWS).
The ships feature a helicopter landing deck and hangar capable of operating the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
Their sensor pack includes a radar with ARPA.
The ship has a complement of 8 officers and 105 sailors who are accommodated in advance ergonomic cabins, which provide improved crew comfort with enhanced space management.
A fully integrated LAN system onboard along with a CCTV management system ensures optimal utilization of onboard equipment and better crew efficiency.
She is also equipped with two rigid inflatable fast motor boats.
INS Saryu, the first ship of the class, was officially commissioned into the Indian Navy at Goa on January 21, 2013 by Air Marshal PK Roy, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command.
INS Saryu was earlier handed over to the Indian Navy on December 21, 2012 in a simple ceremony. Rear Admiral (Retd) Vineet Bakhshi, Chairman & Managing Director, Goa Shipyard Limited, handed over the ship to Cdr Amanpreet Singh, Commanding Officer Designate, INS SARYU.
The ship was launched on March 30, 2009.
Three more ships of the class - INS Sunayna, INS Sumitra, and INS Sumedha - were launched on November 14, 2009, December 6, 2010 and May 21, 2011 respectively.
The above ships are currently under fitment at GSL and are scheduled to be inducted at regular intervals.
The project is delayed because the Indian supplier contracted to supply the gearboxes has yet to deliver them. The gearboxes have been ordered from an OEM and the first gearbox is scheduled to be delivered by early December 2011, which will enable delivery of first NOPV by November, 2012 followed by balance three NOPVs at an interval of 6 months thereafter. [Ref]
In May 2012, Goa Shipyard signed a Contract with MOD to build six 105M Offshore Patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard amounting to 1979.62 crore.