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INS Sunayna returns home after 80 days of successful anti-piracy patrol mission

Ashish Singh

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INS Sunayna, an offshore patrol vessel of the Indian Navy based at Kochi under the Southern Naval Command, successfully completed her anti-piracy deployment in the Gulf of Aden. The ship sustained the last 80 days of the mission-based deployment without entering any Port. It was fuelled and resupplied by tankers of the Indian Navy and US navy while she was patrolling the Gulf of Aden.

The ship was received by senior officers of the SNC who welcomed the crew back home and congratulated the ship on such an unbroken and sustained deployment at sea. This long endurance capability reflects the high crew proficiency and morale. INS Sunayna is the second Saryu-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, designed and constructed indigenously by the Goa Shipyard Limited.

It 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. Earlier, in June 2018 she was deployed as part of “Operation Nistar”, an HADR mission to evacuate Indian nationals from cyclone hit Socotra islands.

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