Sunday, 2 October 2011

INS Shakti inducted into the Indian navy

VISAKHAPATNAM  INS Shakti, the second of the two fleet tankers built by Fincantieri Shipyard of Italy for the Indian navy, was commissioned on Saturday. The vessel was commissioned bychief of Indian naval staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma. INS Shakti is the third tanker by the same name, with the earlier two having served the nation with pride. The induction of Shakti into naval service would enhance the reach of the navy well beyond the limits of the Indian Ocean and provides support to the expanding fleet of the Indian Navy.

The ship is one of the largest in the Indian Navyas it is 175 metres in length and 32 metres in width. The vessel displaces over 27,000 tonnes and is capable of carrying over 15,000 tonnes of liquid cargo including fuels for ships and aircraft of the navy as well as fresh water.

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