Two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) for the Indian Navy were launched in Reliance Defense shipyard at Pipavav on July 25, 2017.
The vessels, named INS Shachi and INS Shruti, are the first two vessels in a five-vessel series which are being built in accordance to built under the Indian Register of Shipping’s (IRClass) ‘Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Naval Ships’. These rules, were jointly developed by the Indian Navy and IRClass.
Besides providing classification services, IRClass is also carrying out various analysis and assessments toward assigning special notations like Direct Strength Assessment, Fatigue Design Assessment, Integrated Platform Management Systems and Integrated Bridge Systems as well as CLEAN AIR.
Cdr K. K. Dhawan (IN Retd.), Head of Defence Division at IRClass, said, “This significant development marks a milestone in the Indian defense sector’s initiative to become self-reliant. IRClass has worked closely with the Indian Navy as well as with the shipyard to ensure the successful launching of these two vessels.”