The Indian Navy’s INS Sukanya (P50) patrol vessel has arrived at Port Belawan, Indonesia today (Oct. 24) for bilateral exercises.
According to the statement for the Indian Navy, the ship will participate in the 30th edition of India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) and the third bilateral exercise with the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) with an aim to foster maritime ties with countries located on rim of Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
During her stay at Port Belawan, various activities such as official calls, guided tour for Indian diaspora and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations are scheduled.
The two navies has been conducting CORPAT on their respective side of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year since 2002. The coordinated patrol is conducted to enhance mutual understanding and inter-operability between the navies, prosecute vessels involved in unlawful activities, conduct search and rescue (SAR) and take measures against sea pollution.
INS Sukanya (P50)
INS Sukanya is the lead vessel of the Sukanya-class patrol vessels of the Indian Navy. It was built by Korea Tacoma, now part of Hanjin Group.
The Sukanya class have large hulls, although they are lightly armed since they are utilized primarily for offshore patrol of India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). However, they are capable of being heavily armed and upgraded to light frigates should the need arise.
The vessel has a length of 121 m and displaces 1890 tonnes at full load. It is powered by two 12,800 bhp marine diesel engines which enables it to attain a top speed of 21 knots and a range of 7,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots.
INS Sukanya is armed with a 40 mm, 60-cal Bofors anti-aircraft gun and two 12.7 mm machine guns. It is capable of embarking a HAL Chetak helicopter.
The vessel was commissioned into service on 31 August 1989.