Auxiliary Ships of Indian Navy : News and Discussions


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Nov 30, 2017
Filling a long felt need for a submarine rescue capability, the Indian Navy has just formally inducted its first deep submergence rescue vehicle (DSRV). Built by the U.K’s James Fisher & Sons, the vessel — the first of two — finally gives the navy the ability to rapidly attempt rescue of personnel in submarines in distress.

In a statement on social media, the Indian Navy said it now “joins a select league of nations with capability to search, locate & provide rescue to distressed submarines by induction of 1st Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel(DSRV) & associated kit in fly away configuration which can be rapidly mobilised. The DSRV can be mobilised from the naval base at Mumbai to nearest mounting port by air/land or sea for providing rapid rescue to the submarine in distress.”

The system inducted today was delivered to the navy back in April. The Scotland-based supplier deployed a 30 strong team of expert personnel to Mumbai at the time to oversee acceptance trials before commissioning. According to James Fisher & Sons, “A period of rigorous sea trials followed, working in close partnership with the Indian Navy who provided the commercial mothership and associated trials consort vessels. The Indian Navy west coast based rescue team, who will operate the system when in service, were active participants throughout this phase of the trials.”

The second DSRV will be inducted at Visakhapatnam, the navy’s other submarine base on the eastern seaboard, in 2019.


Ben Sharples, India DSRV project director at James Fisher & Sons said in June, “The System was tested in the harsh environment presented by the seas off Mumbai pre-monsoon, an entirely different set of challenges compared to those experienced during harbour trials in Scotland earlier this year. To properly evaluate the System’s performance it is crucial to ensure that the System can be operated safely within its environmental envelope of current, sea state, depth, temperature and humidity. Additionally, sea trials afford the opportunity for the team to experience the operation of the equipment in a real setting, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary skills to conduct a safe and successful submarine rescue operation.”

The deep submergence rescue capability has been a long felt one in the Indian Navy. The navy awarded a £193 million contract to James Fisher & Sons a couple of years ago. Apart from the two complete third-generation submarine rescue systems, the contract includes launch and recovery systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, logistics and support equipment, and a 25-year all inclusive annual maintenance contract. The Indian contract award came shortly after the Scottish firm bagged a £12.1 million contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for operation of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS).


While Indian submarine crews haven’t required rescuing as such, the submarine arm has suffered a series of accidents, including the catastrophic explosion at dock on board the Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhurakshak in August 2013, killing all 18 men on board. Other submarine-related accidents include the Kilo-class INS Sindhugosh colliding with a merchant vessel in January 2008 and a fire that killed two personnel on board Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhuratna in February 2014.
HSL to engage global firm to construct five Fleet Support Ships

To roll out first vessel in four years
After its plan to tie-up with global shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd of South Korea ran into rough weather, Hindustan Shipyard Limited has launched an exercise to scout for collaboration with an internationally-acclaimed firm to design and construct five Fleet Support Ships (FSS) for the Indian Navy at a total estimated cost of ₹9,500 crore.

Highly-placed sources told The Hindu that HSL, a Ministry of Defence Enterprise, rejected the Hyundai’s terms as it wanted the upper hand in construction of five FSS.

Indigenous construction
The MoD has already approved the project to entrust the job of construction of FSS to HSL, a premier shipyard set up in Visakhapatnam in 1941.

When contacted, HSL Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral L.V. Sarat Babu confirmed that they had started the process for finalising a world-class collaborator to expedite the construction of FSS.

“As we didn’t agree to the conditions laid down by Hyundai for the joint venture project, now we have issued Request for Proposal (RFP) from global players for collaborating with us to construct all the five vessels indigenously for the first time in our country under Make in India initiative,” he said.

The shipyard will deliver the first FSS in four years from the date of signing the contract and take up construction of other ships simultaneously.
GRSE to build four survey vehicles for Indian Navy, contract inked
By ET Online | Oct 30, 2018, 06.06 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract for design, construction and supply of four Survey Vessels for Indian Navy to Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) Limited, after a competitive bidding process.


INS Sagardhwani (A74) built by GRSE and commissioned by India Navy in 1994.

The order value for these four vessels is Rs. 2435.15 crore. The first ship is to be delivered within 36 months and remaining within an interval of six months for each vessel. The project completion time is 54 months from date of signing the contract. With this contract, GRSE’s Order Book as on date stands at Rs. 22,604 crore. The GRSE is also currently handling a project to make three Stealth Frigates for Indian Navy under P17A Project.

The defence PSU has been a pioneer warship builder, having delivered the highest number of warships till date since its inception in 1960. The 98 warships built by GRSE range from Advanced Frigates to Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes to Fleet Tankers, Fast Attack Crafts, etc.

The Survey Vessels (large) will be 110 metre long with deep displacement of 3,300 tonnes and complement of 231, capable of fullscale coastal and deep-water hydrographic survey of ports and harbours, approaches and determination of navigational channels/routes. In addition, the vessels will be undertaking surveys of maritime limits up to EEZ/extended continental shelf. These shall be deployed for collection of oceanographic and geophysical data for defence applications. In their secondary role, they shall be capable of performing limited search & rescue, limited ocean research and operate as hospital ship/casualty holding ships.

The vessels are equipped with highly advanced state-of-the-art hydrographic equipment & sensors including a Hello Hanger to accommodate one Advanced Light Helicopter.

GRSE to build four survey vehicles for Indian Navy, contract inked
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Just 1 thing. ADIK has the same experience in building a Replenishment Vessel, leave alone a 40000 tons, 200+ meter big one is same as me. Zero!
So we need to take help from Turkey to make a fleet tanker? The same who build one for Pakistan.

We can design and build an Aircraft Carrier from scratch. But support vessels No thank you.

Btw, is it the same shipyard building their LHD?
Its a consortium of 5 shipyards led by Anadolu Shipyard. The consortium also has Istanbul Shipyard and Sedef Shipyard(building LHD of Turkey).

Interesting thing is, they have never ever even designed a ship this big.

Another company STM did the work for Pakistan.
HSL expects naval ships building plan will steer it back into black

By Shaukat Muhammed
TNN | Jul 11, 2019, 04:29 IST

File Photo : Hindustan Shipyard Limited Website.

Visakhapatnam : Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, a ministry of defence enterprise, is gearing up to build naval support vessels by the second quarter of 2020-21 in technical collaboration with a Turkish shipbuilding consortium led by Anadolu Shipyard and hopes the order will steer it back into the black.

HSL, the oldest shipyard in the country having been set up in 1941, hopes to ink the collaboration agreement with the Turkish shipyard group by September, HSL chairman and managing director Rear Admiral(Retd.) LV Sarat Babu said.

Admiral Babu said the Turkish shipyard was chosen as partner because it had the expertise to build fleet-support naval vessels. The two companies had exchanged documents on the collaboration in May.

“We expect to finalise the details of the partnership with the TAIS group of Turkey, in which Anadolu Shipyard is a key partner, by September this year. Anadolu will be providing HSL the expertise to build fleet support vessels, which will be used to supply Indian Navy ships with critical material, including provisions,” Admiral Babu told TOI.

HSL expects to begin work on the fleet supply vessels in the second quarter of 2020. “The meter for the delivery of the first vessel will start running from the time we get the order. We will be required to deliver the first of the five vessels within four years, and each of the other four within 10 months of each delivery,” he said.

The Turkish group was selected after a global tender was floated and three potential partners were shortlisted from eight bidders. The Turkish group was finalised from the shortlisted firms. “Anadolu will be transferring the technology to HSL. The defence ministry approved the partnership,” Admiral Babu said. According to him, HSL was given the order to build the five-fleet support naval vessels on an Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) basis. “The cost of the five vessels has been set at Rs 9,800 crore,” he said.

Admiral Sarat Babu said HSL had exited the cargo vessel segment because of low margins. “Cargo vessels do not generate high margins. Moreover, shipbuilders in other countries like Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where the labour costs are lower, have become more attractive for customers,” he said.

HSL has been focussing on the retrofitting of submarines, construction of specialty vessels for the oil and gas industry and now naval support vessels. “We are waiting for the Indian Navy to float a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Medium Refit Life Certification (MRLC) of one of its submarines. The MRLC will increase the life of the submarine by up to eight years,” he said.

HSL currently has 1,500 fulltime workers and about 1,000 contract workers.

HSL expects naval ships building plan will steer it back into black - Times of India
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HSL delivers ‘Avtar’ tug to Navy

Published July 13, 2019 | By admin SOURCE: THE HINDU

Representative image.

The public sector Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) on Friday delivered the fourth of a series of six 10-tonne bollard pull tugs being constructed for the Indian Navy. The tug, vessel No 187 constructed and delivered by the HSL, named Avtar, has a speed of 12 knots, according to a press release issued by the company.

The fifth tug in the series is also ready for delivery and it will be delivered at Kochi. The sixth, under construction, will be completed in August and delivered in Mumbai. Senior officials of the HSL and the Navy participated in the function, the release added.

Turkish shipyard team

Further, on Friday, a team from the Turkish Anadolu Shipyard visited the HSL and apprised itself of the facilities available at the yard. The HSL and the Turkish shipyard are planning to collaborate in construction of five fleet support vessels for the Indian Navy. The Turkish team headed by CEO Sualp Omer Urkmez held discussions with HSL Chairman and Managing Director L.V Sarat Babu and expressed satisfaction over the facilities at the HSL.

HSL delivers ‘Avtar’ tug to Navy – Indian Defence Research Wing
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