Indian Navy’s Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam (ND(V)) completed the refit of Maldivian Coast Guard patrol vessel CGS Huravee (P801).
Rear Admiral Sreekumar Nair, Admiral Superintendent of the shipyard, handed over the ship to the Commanding Officer Major Hussain Rasheed during a ceremony in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, Nov 25.
Colonel Ahmed Thohir, Defence Advisor of Maldives to India, attended the ceremony wherein he conveyed the satisfaction of the Maldives Government and also read a message from the Minister of Defence, Govt. of Maldives on the excellent conduct of refit amidst the pandemic and thanked the Govt. of India, Indian Navy and HQENC for smooth and safe completion of the refit.
Rear Admiral Sreekumar Nair highlighted the stringent measures incorporated during the refit to ensure that the crew and the Yard workforce remained free from COVID-19 infection whilst meeting the refit targets.
CGS Huravee was formally handed over yesterday after completing a refit for a duration of 9 months at Vishakapatnam Naval Dockyard in India. CGS Huravee was donated to MNDF by @indiannavy in 2006 and since then the ship continues to play an integral role in safeguarding our seas. pic.twitter.com/qli22w1ldD
— Maldives National Defence Force (@MNDF_Official) November 26, 2020
The ship arrived in Visakhapatnam for its refit on Feb. 22. Notwithstanding the limitations imposed due to COVID19 pandemic since March 20, dedicated efforts and careful planning & execution of works by Naval Dockyard with adequate safety enabled major refurbishment/replacement of main propulsion and auxiliary equipment. Renewal of ship’s power generation equipment has provided a major fillip to the ship’s endurance and capability. Further, several systems and equipment were overhauled successfully to ensure better performance and sustainability of the ship for service with the Maldives Coast Guard during the upcoming operational cycle. The ship was put through extensive harbour and sea trials, to achieve full operational readiness.
MCGS Huravee was formerly a Trinkat-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, designated INS Tillanchang (T92). She was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata in Mar 2001 and was subsequently gifted to Maldives by the Govt of India in Apr 2006 to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two nations and work together to ensure the maritime safety of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).