India’s first of its class indigenously designed and built Hydrographic Survey Ship INS Sandhayak is getting decommissioned from the service on 4 June 2021. The ship which has been in service for four decades will be decommissioned in a ceremony at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam.

More about INS Sandhayak

  1. This ship was conceptualised by then Chief Hydrographer, Rear Adm FL Fraser, who also designed and built this hydrographic survey vessel in India.
  2. The construction of the ship began at GRSE Kolkata (then Calcutta) by laying the keel in 1978, after the design was finalized by Naval Headquarters.
  3. The ship was commissioned to the Indian Navy on 26 Feb 1981 by Vice Adm MK Roy, who was the then Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command (ENC).
  4. The ship has been the Alma-Mater, and has played a very important role in laying the foundation of complete hydrographic coverage of the peninsular waters.
  5. The design of this first ship was a major success which paved the way for all the Survey ships of the Indian Navy in modifications till recently.