The first of India’s new offshore-patrol ships, the INS Saryu, was commissioned into service on 23 January. The new warship, the first in her class, was designed and built domestically by Goa Shipyard Limited. The gun-only armament of the new class includes a 76-mm mount forward and two 30-mm guns for close-in defense; the ships do not carry any missiles. They are intended for general low-intensity operations including protection of oil platforms, economic-zone monitoring, fisheries protection, and counterterrorism patrols. The first units of the Saryu class were ordered in 2006, and additional units were ordered in 2007 and 2010. Up to nine ships are expected to be in service by around 2015. The 344-foot, 2,200-ton vessel can carry two rigid inflatable boats and a helicopter, launched from the landing deck aft. The ship’s crew includes 105 sailors plus 8 officers.
By Eric Wertheim