Two diving support vessels (DSV) Nistar and Nipun being built by Hindustan Shipyard were launched on 22 September by the Indian Navy.
DSVs are equipped with an array of complex diving support systems and deep submergence rescue vessels. The ships are indigenously designed and built at HSL.
The units will be deployed for deep-sea diving and submarine rescue operations. Furthermore, the ships will be capable of conducting Search and Rescue operations and carrying out Helicopter Operations at sea.
This project is being executed with support from Indian industry primarily MSME firms who have supplied Yard material, equipment and services. Shipyard is extensively using the GeM portal for procuring material and services for the project. More than 120 MSME vendors across India have actively participated in the Project.
Nistar and Nipun were launched by achieving approximately 80% indigenous content, a major step towards “Self Reliance”. DSV project has generated local employment opportunities and promoted indigenisation which will boost India’s economy, according to the officials.
To remind, this month, the Indian Navy welcomed its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at a ceremony held at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Kochi.