INS AIRAVAT UPSC

INS AIRAVAT | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

OPERATION SAMUDRA SETU – INS AIRAVAT BRINGS BACK 198 INDIAN CITIZENS FROM MALDIVES

      WHY IN NEWS:

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      ISSUE: 

INS Airavat, deployed by the Indian Navy for “Operation Samudra Setu“, entered Tuticorin harbour early morning today, 23 Jun 2020 with 198 Indian nationals embarked from Male, Maldives.  

INS AIRAVAT | UPSC

INS AIRAVAT

CLASS :

INS Airavat is the third Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel of the Indian Navy.

BACKGROUND :

She began sea trials in July 2008 after completing basin trials in May.

COMMISSIONED ON :

She was commissioned at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam on 19 May 2009.

NAMING  :

  INS AIRAVAT is named for the mount of god Indra, the elephant Airavata, as mentioned in the Rigveda.

BUILT BY  :

  • INS Airavat was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata at Yard 3016.
  • Primary suppliers for her equipment are Bharat Electronics Limited, Kirloskar, Larsen & Toubro, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Keltron and the Godrej Group.

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT :

Safety features include :

  • Anti-roll flume stabilisation system,
  • Smoke curtains to impede spreading of smoke and toxic gases in case of fire.
  • Battle damage control systems.

Fully loaded, she can operate independently at high seas for up to 45 days.

INS Airavat primarily designed for:

  • Amphibious assault operations
  • Humanitarian assistance & disaster relief (HADR) during natural disasters
  • Stern refuelling for other naval vessels.

  She has a fully functioning hospital on board and a  capacity to carry 500 soldiers.

MISSION DEPLOYMENTS

  • On 11 July 2011, INS Airavat made a goodwill visit to Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
  • Between 19 and 28 July 2011, she made courtesy calls at Nha Trang and Hai Phong in Vietnam.
  • On 1 May 2016, INS Airavat arrived at Brunei to participate in the ADMM Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus) Exercise on Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism.

  Operation Samudra Setu : The embarkation of Indian nationals was facilitated by the Indian Mission in Maldives.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

With this evacuation, the Indian Navy has repatriated 3305 Indian nationals from Maldives, Sri Lanka and Iran during the ongoing pandemic.

     SOURCES: PIB | INS AIRAVAT | UPSC

 

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