Pradayak, an auxiliary craft, was inducted into the Navy on Monday. Rear Admiral S Madhusudanan, Admiral Superintendent of the Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi, was the chief guest at the induction ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, the Admiral complimented the Ship Yard – The Shalimar Works Limited of Howrah – for delivering the ship in seven months.
He also expressed hope that the barge would enable faster turnaround of warships in Kochi. Somdev Chatterjee, managing director of Shalimar Shipyard, said that it is a matter of pride for the company to execute projects for the Indian Navy. The Shalimar Works Limited, a 125-year-old company, is currently owned by the West Bengal government. Pradayak, part of fleet of auxiliaries with the Naval Ship Repair Yard in Kochi, is capable of carrying 400 tonnes of fuel, 100 tonnes of aviation fuel as well as 50 tonnes each of provisions and fresh water. The vessel undertook the 1,700-mile maiden voyage from Kolkata to Kochi.
Three more auxiliaries, comprising a tug, a ferry craft and a fuel barge, are scheduled to join the Naval Ship Repair Yard in the near future.Rear Admiral M S Pawar, Flag Officer, Sea Training, Surgeon Rear Admiral Girish Gupta, Command Medical Officer, were present at the induction ceremony.