The Indian Naval Ship INS Bitra was commissioned today at a ceremony at Naval Jetty in Vasco, Goa .
Rear Admiral Sanjay Vadgaokar commissioned the fast track ship, which has been equipped with satellite communication and global positioning systems.
Constructed at the Garden Reach Shipyard, the INS Bitra is fitted with 30 mm guns having a firing range of four kilometres, shoulder-mounted missiles and advanced controls. It has the capacity to move at a speed of 30 knots.
The 46 metre long and seven-and-half metre wide metre ship is manned by 44 naval personnel and can sail seven days without taking a break.
"We need a ship of INS Bitra's caliber to counter and protect our coast line and from any sort of intrusion. We also carry out single engine night flying at INS Hansa, which is the premier Naval air station of the Indian Navy. This ship is used for rescue and search work as well," Rear Admiral Sanjay Vadgaokar said.
Rear Admiral Vadgaokar also expressed his satisfaction over the ongoing Indo-French joint naval exercises.
"Rather than holding the basic exercises, we are going to have flying operations, cross flying etc. Our aircraft will practice on French carrier Charles de Gaulle and vice versa. Their crew will practice on the INS Viraat. The carrier will be harboured tomorrow. Advanced exercises like anti submarine buffer exercises will be carried out. Looking at the commonality of operational capability, we are going to improve our skills," said Rear Admiral Vadgaokar. By Devraj (ANI)