First indigenous Hydrographic Survey Ship
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
- This ship was conceptualised by then Chief Hydrographer, Rear Adm FL Fraser, who also designed and built this hydrographic survey vessel in India.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.