Recently, INS Sunayna visited Mombasa, Kenya from 20-23 Jun 23 towards strengthening bilateral ties with maritime neighbours on the theme of the Ocean Ring of Yoga.
About INS SUNAYNA:
- It is a Saryu class Offshore Patrol Vessel which was commissioned at Kochi.
- It is based under Southern Naval Command and is built at Goa Shipyard Limited.
- The warship is designed to undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of Sea Lines of Communications and offshore assets, and escort duties.
- It can achieve speeds of 25 knots.
- The ship also has an automatic power management system.
- It is fitted with the latest Navigation, Communication and Electronic Support Systems.
- Other Sarayu class includes the INS Sumitra and INS Sumedha.
What is Passage Exercise (PASSEX)?
- A Maritime Partnership Exercise was conducted between the Indian Navy and Kenyan Navy.
- The crew of both the Indian and Kenya Navy conducted drills in Firefighting & Damage Control, boarding exercises, asymmetric threat simulations and VBSS during the harbour phase.
- A HADR capsule was also conducted onboard for the Kenya Navy.
Q1) What is INS Sumitra?
It is a naval offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Indian Navy. It belongs to the Sarayu class class of OPVs and is primarily used for maritime patrol, anti-piracy operations, counter-terrorism, and surveillance missions. The ship is named after the mythological character Sumitra, who was the wife of King Dasharatha and the mother of Lakshmana in the Indian epic, Ramayana.