Indian Navy Provides Technical Assistance To A Stranded Merchant Vessel On 11 Mar 2021, INS Talwar deployed in the Gulf of Oman, received a broadcast call from a stranded merchant cargo ship MV Nayan requesting technical assistance. The cargo ship, on transit from Oman to Iraq, was drifting at sea since 09 Mar 21 owing to failure of its propulsion, power generation machinery, and navigational equipment. Based on a preliminary aerial assessment of the distress of MV Nayan, the Indian Naval Ship dispatched its VBSS (Visit Board, Search and Seizure) team along with a technical team by boat to offer assistance to the vessel that had seven Indians as her crew. The naval teams worked continuously for seven hours onboard MV Nayan to operationalize her equipment viz. both Generators, Steering Pump, Sea Water Pump, Compressor and Main Engine thereby making the vessel seaworthy again.
The naval team also assisted in operationalising navigation equipment like GPS and navigation lights before MV Nayan could proceed for her next port.
ABOUT INS TALWAR
INS Talwar (F40) (translated as “Sword”) is the lead ship of the Talwar-class frigates of the Indian Navy. Its name means “Sword” in Hindi (see Talwar). She was built in Russia and commissioned into the Indian Navy on 18 June 2003. Talwar is a multirole frigate and true to her name, has participated in various operations and exercises since her commissioning, including anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.