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Ministry of Defence13-September, 2007 16:42 IST
|INS Jalashwa Joins the Eastern Fleet|
INS Jalashwa, the latest induction into the Indian
Navy, arrived at Visakhapatnam on PM 12 Sep 07
after being commissioned at Norfolk, USA on 22 Jun 07.
‘Jalashwa’, (a Sanskrit name of the Hippopotamus),
with its Motto ‘The Fearless Pioneers’, is an
amphibious assault ship that can embark, transport and
land various elements of an amphibious force to
support operations ashore. This is the 1st ship to be
transferred from the US besides being the 1st Landing
Platform Dock (LPD) to be acquired by the Navy.
The second largest ship in the Navy’s inventory, INS
Jalashwa is equipped with a Landing Craft Mechanized
(LCM-8) along with Seaking helicopters, Radars and
rapid firing guns to undertake amphibious operations,
Maritime surveillance, Special operations, Search and
Rescue, Medical support and also Humanitarian relief.
The specialty of this ship is the ‘Well Deck’ housing
the LCM-8 which can be launched by flooding the ‘Well
deck’ and operating the hinged gate at the rear end of
the ship. The ship’s cargo space enhances the
equipment carrying capability.
Unlike regular warships, this ship has a flight deck
for helicopter operations from which four medium
helicopters can operate simultaneously. This deck can
also be used to operate vertical take-off and landing
(VTOL) aircraft like the Sea Harrier, in special
Since the ship is capable of embarking over 1000
troops, she is fully equipped with extensive medical
facilities including four Operation Theatres, 12-bed
ward, Laboratory and a Dental centre to ensure the
health care of the embarked personnel.
INS Jalashwa is commanded by Captain BS Ahluwalia, a
helicopter pilot and manned by a crew of about 27
Officers and 380 sailors. With a length of about 175
metres and width of 32 metres, the ship is capable of
doing speeds of 20 Knots.
On arrival at Visakhapatnam, the ship was accorded a
warm reception by senior officers of the Command and
families of the crew. The Navy Band was in attendance.
INS Jalashwa will now form part of the Eastern Fleet
under the Eastern Naval Command.
(Release ID :31220)