Visakhapatnam: NS Shivalik, the latest induction into Indian Navy has arrived at Visakhapatnam last night to join the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), a Navy.
The warship was commissioned at Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL), Mumbai on April 29 last year by Defence Minister A K Antony.
A moto with 'NO Limits,' the ship's name was derived from the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas.
Moreover the warship also boasts of a Total Atmospheric Control System providing total defence against Nuclear, Biological and Chemical attack. With a potent weapon suite, along with two multi-role helicopters onboard for enhanced surveillance and attack, this 'Jewel of the Eastern Fleet' has ability to detect and engage surface, air and sub-surface targets at extended ranges.
INS Shivalik is commanded by Captain MD Suresh, a Navigation Direction specialist with a crew of about 35 officers and 250 sailors. With a length of about 143 meters and width of 17 meters, the ship is capable of doing speed of over 30 Knots (55 kmph).