Indian Navy completes refit of Maldivian Coast Guard Ship Huravee at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.

Indian Navy completes refit of Maldivian Coast Guard Ship Huravee at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.

November 16, 2018.

The Indian Navy has successfully completed refitted Maldivian Coast Guard Ship (MCGS) Huravee successfully at the Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam and it was handed over to its Commanding Officer Major Mohamed Jamshad, Commanding Officer MCGS Huravee at a ceremony on 15 November 2018. The ship was refitted in four months as part of Indian Navy initiative undertaken in furtherance of its diplomatic outreach to friendly foreign navies in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

During the refit, major repairs were undertaken on MCGS Huravee’s hull, main propulsion, and auxiliaries. In addition number of equipment and systems of the ship were upgraded for better performance and reliability. Moreover, all type of types of equipment were put through the extensive harbor and sea trials so as to achieve full combat capability of the ship and ensure its continuous availability for operations to Maldives Coast Guard for next operational cycle.

The MCGS Huravee was originally commissioned as INS Tillanchang, a Trinket-class patrol vessel built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata in March 2001. Subsequently, it was gifted to the Maldives by the Government of India in April 2006 to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two nations and work together to ensure the maritime safety of the Indian Ocean Region. The Indian government through the Indian navy has undertaken such diplomatic courtesies previously when it undertook rift of the ship in 2015.

The ship reached in Visakhapatnam on July 12, 2018, and completed her refit on 14 November 2018. The Commanding Officer also took this opportunity to thank the Indian Navy for successful completion of the refit. The event concluded by a customary crest exchange between the ship and the chief guest. The chief guest for the function, Rear Admiral Amit Bose, Admiral Superintendent Naval Dockyard, addressed the gathering on the occasion and assured continued support of the Indian Navy to the Maldivian Coast Guard.

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