In a significant declaration during the commissioning ceremony of INS Sandhayak, the first Survey Vessel Large (SVL) ship in Visakhapatnam, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh emphasized India’s steadfast commitment to combating maritime piracy and smuggling. Singh underscored that these illegal activities would not be tolerated under any circumstances, emphasizing this as a hallmark of the ‘New India’ vision.
The event, graced by Navy Chief R Hari Kumar and other senior Navy officers, marked a pivotal moment as INS Sandhayak officially joined the Indian Navy’s fleet. The commissioning ceremony took place at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam, symbolizing the ship’s readiness for active duty.
Singh lauded the Indian Navy’s robust capabilities, highlighting its role as the primary responder in ensuring the security of the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific region. He noted that the Indian Ocean region holds strategic importance in global trade, with crucial choke points like the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Guinea falling within its purview.
Expressing India’s commitment to promoting freedom of navigation and uninterrupted trade, Singh reiterated the necessity of safeguarding international waters from various threats, particularly piracy. He emphasized the importance of leveraging India’s growing naval strength and maritime influence to combat challenges such as narcotics and human trafficking in the region.
The commissioning of INS Sandhayak signifies the formal induction of the first of four ships under the Survey Vessel Large (SVL) Project, constructed at M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. This milestone underscores India’s dedication to enhancing its naval capabilities and securing its maritime interests in the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.