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Indian Navy Launches Third Ship of Survey Vessel “Ikshak”

Survey Vessel “Ikshak”: The third survey vehicle for the Indian Navy, code-named “Ikshak,” was unveiled on November 26 in Chennai. It was constructed by GRSE and L&T. This is the third of four Survey Vessels (Large) (SVL) Projects that GRSE and L&T are constructing for the Indian Navy.

Survey Vessel “Ikshak”: Key Points

  • The ship’s name, “Ikshak,” means “Guide” in Ikshak. The ship’s name honours the role that Survey ships have played in ensuring the safety of mariners when at sea.
  • She made her first contact with Bay of Bengal water around 10:40 a.m., according to an Indian navy officer, who was present for the launch ceremony attended by VAdm.
  • MA Hampiholi, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command. Madhumati Hampiholi, the spouse of VAdm MA Hampiholi, launched the ship to the chanting of an Atharva Vedic invocation in accordance with naval marine custom.

Survey Vessel “Ikshak”: Features

On October 30, 2018, MoD and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, signed a contract for the construction of four SVL ships at a cost of Rs 2435 Cr. According to GRSE’s build plan, the first ship is being constructed at GRSE in Kolkata, and the remaining three ships’ construction (up to the outfitting stage) has been subcontracted to L&T Shipbuilding in Kattupalli. These ships’ hulls are constructed of DMR 249-A steel, which Steel Authority of India Limited produced domestically. The first ship in its class, named Sandhayak, was launched on December 5 at Kolkata’s GRSE.

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