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September 30, 2023

Pioneering Diving Support Vessels classed with IRS launched

Two diving support vessels (DSVs) that are being built under the class of the Indian Register of Shipping and were recently launched by Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Vishakhapatnam, India, are another example of atmanirbhar (self-reliance) in defence.

The two diving support ships, Nistar and Nipun, measure 118.4 metres in length, 22.8 metres in width, and can carry 9,350 tonnes each. The two ships will be used by the Indian Navy to conduct deep sea diving operations, prolonged maritime patrols, search and rescue missions, and helicopter operations.

Several significant Indian Navy projects, including Survey Vessels (Large), Shallow water ASW Corvettes, floating dock, Semi-submersible pontoon, Cadet Training ships, and numerous other auxiliary vessels, have received orders for classification and certification from IRS.

Head of IRS Defence Division, Cdr KK Dhawan (Retd.), said: “Indian Register of Shipping is proud to offer comprehensive classification services to the Indian Navy. Nistar and Nipun represent a new era in the deep ocean diving operation and submarine rescue operations. IRS is fully committed to the Indian defence industry. This pioneering project is a reflection of our capabilities and competence as a leading classification society committed to supporting the defence sector.”

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