INS Sumitra: Indian Navy’s largest offshore patrol vesse
INS Sumitra, an indigenously built naval offshore patrol vessel (NOPV), was commissioned into the naval fleet on September 2014. This is the Navy’s largest offshore patrol vessel. The 2200-tonne vessel is the biggest NOPV to be developed at Goa Shipyard. It also has medium and short-range weapons installed in it. They include 76mm guns, Close-in Weapon System (CIWS), electronic support and a communication intelligence system. It has a helipad to operate one lightweight Dhruv helicopter. The vessel will give a boost to coastal surveillance and anti-piracy and counter maritime terrorism operations of the Navy. The latest generation warship will join the Eastern Naval Command fleet for maritime surveillance and coastal security.