INS Jalashwa takes centre stage at Navy Week celebrations in Orissa

November 18th, 2007 - 10:21 pm ICT by admin  

Paradip Port (Orissa), Nov 18 (ANI): The newly acquired amphibious assault ship from the US, that has been re-christened as INS Jalashwa, has become the centre of attraction at the Navy Week celebration of the Indian Navy here.
Orissa Governor Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare, who visited the port to see the fleet of ships of the navy, said that he enjoyed watching ‘Jalashwa’.
“After coming to this place, I am enjoying Jalashwa also, it is necessary for the security of our nation. I am glad that our navy is getting stronger, stronger and stronger like our nation,” said Bhandare.
A small naval exercise was also held here to demonstrate the search and rescue operations by helicopters, slithering operation by marine commandoes, and simultaneous anti-submarine rocket firing by destroyer ship.
‘INS Jalashwa,’ was inducted into the fleet of Indian Navy in September this year.
” We have off-shore patrol vessels and tankers, all comprising of multidimensional capability, which is accorded to the eastern fleet to perform its roles in any maritime challenges, we may have. The fleet is also called the sword arm of the eastern naval command, because it is our task to ensure that our maritime frontiers are safe and secure at all times,” said Rear Admiral R. K. Dhawan, Flag Officer, Commanding Eastern Fleet.
Besides being the first Landing Platform Dock (LPD) to be acquired by the Navy, INS Jalashwa is also the first to be transferred from the US.
The second largest ship in the Navy’s inventory, INS Jalashwa is equipped with a Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM-8) along with Sea-king helicopters, Radars and rapid firing guns to undertake amphibious operations among other features. (ANI)

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