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Navy launches patrol vessel

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PANAJI (PTI): Navy launched an off-shore patrol vessel (OPV) that will be used for ocean surveillance and surface warfare operations to prevent infiltration and transgression of maritime sovereignty.

The 105-metre-long vessel is built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), a defence yard located in Goa.

"This Vessel will be deployed for monitoring sea lines of communication, protection of off-shore oil installations and other important national assets," a spokesman for the shipyard said on Saturday.

Besides, the vessel can also be deployed for escorting high value ships and fleet support operations. Sporting a flight deck, the vessel supports embarkation and operation of an Advanced Light Helicopter.

"Launch of this vessel is a milestone in the quest of the Indian Navy to provide foolproof security to the nation and assumes significance in the aftermath of the terrorist strike in Mumbai," he added.

The vessel was launched at Vasco by Rajni Bhasin, wife of vice admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, Flag officer Commanding-in-chief, Western Naval Command. .

"The vessel is powered by twin diesel engines and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation, communication and electronic warfare equipment," he added.

Vice Admiral Bhasin was present as the chief guest for the function which was attended by Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area, S Ananthasaynam, Officiating Chairman and Managing Director GSL, among others.

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