INS Shardul (2004)

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INS Shardul is the lead ship of the Shardul-classamphibious warfare vessels of the Indian Navy. On 3 October 2008, Shardul was affiliated to the 5 Armoured Regiment of the Indian Army in an on-board ceremony, at the Mumbai Naval Base.[2][3][4]

For other ships with the same name, see INS Shardul.

INS Shardul (L16) at Port Luis, Mauritius
History
India
Name INS Shardul
Namesake Royal Bengal tiger[1]
Ordered 2003
Builder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers
Launched 3 April 2004
Commissioned 4 January 2007
Homeport Kochi, Southern Naval Command
Identification
Motto All for one, One for all
Status In active service
Badge
General characteristics
Class and type Shardul-classtank landing ship
Displacement 5650 tons
Length 125 m (410 ft)
Beam 17.5 m (57 ft)
Draught 4 m (13 ft)
Propulsion Kirloskar PA6 STC engines
Speed 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Capacity
  • 11 MBT, 10 vehicles
  • 465.8 m3 (16,450 cu ft) water, 1,292.6 m3 (45,650 cu ft) diesel fuel
Troops 500
Complement 11 officers, 145 sailors
Electronic warfare
& decoys
Chaff launchers
Armament
  • 2 × WM-18 rocket launchers
  • 4 × CRN-91 AA (Naval 30mm Medak) guns, MANPAD’s.
Aircraft carried 1 Westland Sea King or HAL Dhruv

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Shardul started sea trials on 3 November 2006 and was commissioned into the Indian Navy, on 4 January 2007 by the defence minister A.K Antony at the naval base INS Kadamba in Karwar. The ship was based at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi to train cadets before the commissioning of INS Kesari and INS Airavat.[5] In March 2017 the ship was deployed on a two-month-long deployment in the south Indian Ocean to provide surveillance support in the region.[6] On March 10, 2020, INS Shardul arrived at Port Antsiranana with relief material for Madagascar, after Cyclone Diane and floods earlier in the year. 600 tonnes of rice were handed over. This is the biggest relief load ever carried by any Indian warship.[7]

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  2. “5 Armoured Regiment”. GlobalSecurity.org. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. “Surface Ships”. Indian Navy. Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. “Shardul Class”. Indian Navy. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  5. ‘INS Shardul’ engaged in training for naval cadetsArchived 2 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. “Indian navy’s INS Shardul to provide surveillance support in Indian Ocean region”. Hindustan Times. IANS. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  7. “India delivers 600 tonnes of rice to flood-hit Madagascar”. New Indian Express. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.

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