Three Immediate Support Vessels Commissioned in Indian Navy
Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) were commissioned on 24 March 2015 in Indian Navy at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) base in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
These three ISVs are second batch of the vessels and have joined the 84th ISV Squadron of the Indian Navy located at ENC. With commissioning of these vessels, ENC now has full complement of six ISVs.
These ISVs were built under the joint collaboration project between Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Indian Navy and the ship builders. They were designed and built by Abu Dhabi Ship Builders (ADSB) and Spain’s Rodman 78.
Features of Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs)
- ISV is a lightly armed surface craft. It is capable of operating at high seas as well as in coastal waters.
- These vessels are armed with Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).
- They are also fitted with state-of-the-art radar and navigation equipment.
- These vessels are capable of carrying out day and night surveillance.
- They also can be used for rapid insertions and extraction of MARCOS (Marine Commandos) for military intervention.