Sanshodhak, the fourth of four ships of the Survey Vessels (Large) (SVL) Project, being built by L&T/ GRSE for the Indian Navy was launched at Kattupalli, Chennai.
The chief guest of the Launch Ceremony was VAdm Adhir Arora, Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India.
In keeping with the Naval maritime tradition, Ms. Tanvi Arora launched the ship to the chanting of invocation from Atharva Veda. The ship named ‘Sanshodhak’, meaning ‘Researcher’, signifies the primary role of the ship as a Survey Vessel.
The first three ships of the project, Sandhayak, Nirdeshak, and Ikshak were launched on 05 Dec 21, 26 May 22, and 26 Nov 22 respectively.
SVL ships will replace the existing Sandhayak Class survey ships, with new-generation hydrographic equipment, to collect oceanographic data. The hull of these ships is made from indigenously developed DMR 249-A steel manufactured by the Steel Authority of India Limited.
With the capability to carry four Survey Motorboats and an integral helicopter, the primary role of the ships would be to undertake full-scale coastal and deep-water hydrographic surveys of Ports and navigational channels.
As per the build strategy, the first ship would be built at GRSE, Kolkata, and construction of the remaining three ships up to the outfitting stage, has been subcontracted to M/s L&T Shipbuilding, Kattupalli.