‘IKSHAK’ Third ship of survey vessel (large) launched
Launch of Ikshak.
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The third of the four Survey Vessels (Large) (SVL) Project- Ikshak was launched for the Indian Navy at Kattupalli, Chennai.
It is built by GRSE/L&T.
‘Ikshak’ means ‘Guide’.
It signifies the contribution of the Survey ships in facilitating safe passage for Mariners at Sea.
The first of the class ship was ‘Sandhayak’, which was launched on December 2021.
SVL ships would replace the existing Sandhayak Class survey ships with new-generation hydrographic equipment to collect oceanographic data.
Additional Details about Ikshak :
The length of the Survey Vessel (Large) ships is 110 m and the width is 16 m.
It has a deep displacement of 3400 tons and a complement of 231 personnel.
The ship’s Propulsion system consists of 2 Main Engines in twin shaft configuration and is designed with a cruise speed of 14 knots (maximum18 knots).
Indigenously developed DMR 249-A steel manufactured by Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is used to make the hull of the ship.
It has the capability to carry 4 Survey Motor Boats and an integral helicopter.
The central role of the ships is to carry out full-scale coastal and deep-water hydrographic surveys of Ports and navigational channels.
It would further collect oceanographic and geophysical data for defence and civil applications.
It would also provide limited defense service and serve as a Hospital ship during emergencies.
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