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07:54 AM, July 18, 2014

India’s indigenously developed offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra was delivered to the Indian Navy by the state-owned Goa shipyard today, Press Trust of India reported.

The warship is the fourth in the series of 105 meter vessels built by the shipyard and the third to be delivered in the last 10 months.

"The vessel was handed over by GSL chief Rear Admiral (Retd) Shekhar Mital to the Commanding Officer-Designate of the warship Commander Milind Mokashi," a GSL release said.

INS Sumitra is fitted with large number of state-of-the-art indigenous electronic, communication and weapon systems, it said.

The vessel will meet the requirements of the Navy for ocean surveillance and surface warfare operations to prevent infiltration and transgression of maritime sovereignty and is suitable for monitoring sea lanes of communication, defense of offshore oil installations and other critical offshore national assets.

"The vessel can be deployed for escorting high value ships and fleet support operations," it said.

The first three of the 105-metre series of vessels include the INS Saryu, INS Sunayana and INS Sumedha.

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