INS Sumedha and the Visit to Port Algiers
INS Sumedha is an indigenously-built stealth offshore patrol vessel that is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors. Recently, it reached Port Algiers, Algeria for an operational turn around. Let’s take a closer look at this vessel and its recent visit.
State-of-the-Art Weapons and Sensors
INS Sumedha is fitted with a state-of-the-art weapon and sensor package, making it a valuable asset to the Indian Navy. The vessel is routinely deployed for fleet support operations such as anti-piracy patrol, SAR, HADR, surveillance, and escort missions. Additionally, it is also capable of carrying an Advanced Light Combat Helicopter onboard.
Port Algiers Visit
On March 26, 2023, INS Sumedha entered Algiers, Algeria for an operational turn around. The patrol vessel was received at Port Algiers by officers of the Algerian Navy and officials from the Embassy of India, Algiers. The purpose of this visit is to strengthen bilateral relations and boost maritime cooperation and interoperability between the two countries’ navies. It also showcases the Indian Navy’s outreach to friendly maritime nations.
Sharing Best Practices
During the visit, the Indian Navy and the Algerian Navy shared best practices and experiences through cross deck visits, professional interactions, sports fixtures, and cultural visits. This will help to improve maritime cooperation and interoperability between the two countries, creating stronger relationships.
Construction and Design
INS Sumedha is the third Saryu class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy. It was designed and built indigenously by the Goa Shipyard Limited. The Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel was launched at Goa Shipyard on May 21, 2011. It became part of the Indian Navy on March 11, 2014. It is capable of undertaking fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of sea lines of communications and offshore assets, and escort duties.
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