In a strategic move as part of the Indian Navy’s mission-based deployment to West Africa and the Atlantic, INS Sumedha conducted a port call at Walvis Bay.
About Walvis Bay
- It is strategically located halfway down the coast of Namibia, with direct access to principal shipping routes.
- This strategic location has made it the gateway port for trade between landlocked African countries and the rest of the world.
- Apart from cargo transshipment, Walvis Bay is also known internationally for its commercial fishing industry.
- It is lying along the Atlantic Ocean.
- The town of Walvis Bay lies on the edge of the Namib Desert at the mouth of the intermittently flowing Kuiseb River.
Key facts about INS Sumedha
- It is the third ship of the indigenously built Saryu class Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPV).
- It was indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited.
- It was commissioned into the Indian Navy on March 7, 2014.
- It is part of the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet, based in Visakhapatnam.
- Primary Functions: To undertake EEZ surveillance, anti-piracy patrols, fleet support operations, provide maritime security to offshore assets and carry out escort operations for high-value assets.
Q1) Where is the Kuiseb River?
The Kuiseb River is a notable watercourse in Namibia, a country in southwestern Africa. While it's called a river, it often behaves more like a seasonal and ephemeral watercourse due to its sporadic flow.