The Indian Navy’s amphibious warfare vessel, INS Shardul has sailed out of Kochi, on Dec. 1, to conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations in Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep archipelago.
The archipelago is bracing for Cyclone Ockhi which will make a landfall tomorrow. A Red warning has been issued for the islands as Cyclone continued to move towards the archipelago on Friday.
According to the statement from the Navy, Shardul left Kochi with HADR equipment and items embarked.
INS Shardul with HADR equipment and items embarked has sailed out of Kochi for Minicoy Island. pic.twitter.com/u5rL4JCZei
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) December 1, 2017
INS Shardul is the lead ship of the Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessels of the Indian Navy. On 3 October 2008, Shardul was affiliated to the 5 Armoured Regiment of the Indian Army in an on-board ceremony, at the Mumbai Naval Base.
Shardul started sea trials on 3 November 2006 and was commissioned into the Indian Navy, on 4 January 2007 by the defence minister A.K Antony at the naval base INS Kadamba in Karwar. The ship was based at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi to train cadets before the commissioning of INS Kesari and INS Airavat.
In March 2017 the ship was deployed on a two-month-long deployment in the south Indian Ocean to provide surveillance support in the region.