The Indian Navy Saryu-class Offshore Patrol Vessel, INS Sunayna (P57) has returned to Kochi after completing an 80-day anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden without entering any port.
The ship was deployed in the region to undertake maritime security operations and to reassure Indian-flagged vessels transiting through the area. During the deployment period, the vessel was fuelled and resupplied by U.S. Navy and Indian Navy replenishment tankers.
INS Sunayna is an indigenously designed and built Saryu-class Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) of the Indian Navy.
The vessel was built by state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and was commissioned into the Navy fleet on 15 October 2013. She is currently assigned to the Navy’s Southern Naval Command (SNC) based in Kochi.
With an overall length of 105 meters, breadth of 12.9 meters and a standard displacement of 2300 tons, the ship is capable of speed in excess of 25 knots. The ship has a crew of 8 officers and 108 sailors.
The ship is designed to undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of Sea Lines of Communication and offshore assets, and escort duties.
In June 2018, the vessel was involved in “Operation Nistar”, a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission to evacuate Indian nationals from cyclone hit Socotra islands, Yemen. INS Sunaya, along with Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai (D65), was also sent to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in June 2019 to protect Indian shipping interests amid tensions in the Strait of Hormuz.