On Tuesday, the Indian Navy commissioned the first indigenously designed and built recovery and torpedo launch vessel INS Astradharini.
Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief, commissioned the ship at an impressive ceremony held at the Naval Base Visakhapatnam.
Amid his address at the occasion, Soni saluted the Technological Laboratory and Naval Science here for their commitment towards the boat building and the trials.
“The induction of INS Ashtradharini adds thrust to the country’s ongoing endeavours at indigenisation and achieving India’s goal of self-reliance in under-water weapons development,” he added.
Soni later divulged the appointing plaque and dedicated the ship to India.
The outline of the Astradharini is a partnership work of NSTL, M/s Shoft Shipyard and IIT Kharagpur and has a remarkable configuration of a sailboat structure frame that altogether diminishes its energy necessity and is manufactured with indigenous steel.
Having a length of 50 m, the vessel is competent to do paces up to 15 Knots. It can work at high ocean states and has an extensive deck territory with torpedo launchers for sending and recuperating different sort of torpedoes amid the trials.
The boat additionally has present day power era, circulation, route and correspondence frameworks. The extraordinary body type of the boat shows the nation’s boat plan and shipbuilding capacities.
INS Astradharini will be utilized for completing the specialized trials of submerged weapons and frameworks created by NSTL, a maritime frameworks research facility of DRDO. It is a propelled substitution for Astravahini, which was decommissioned on July 17 this year.