Why in news?
- Indian Navy Ship Sumedha has been deployed in Maldives to carry out surveillance of the exclusive economic zone as a joint mission.
- INS Sumedha(P58) is the third Saryu class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy.
- It is designed and constructed indigenously by the Goa Shipyard Limited.
- It is designed to undertake:
- Fleet support operations
- Coastal and offshore patrolling
- Ocean surveillance
- Monitoring of sea lines of communications
- Offshore assets and escort duties
- The vessel will undertake joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives as part of Indian navy’s ‘Mission based deployments’.
- The ship would undertake an operational turnaround (OTR) and Male where ship would interact and impart training to Maldives’ National Defence Forces (MNDF) personnel.
- INS Sumedha would also embark MNDF personnel onboard and undertake joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives.
The MNDF personnel would disembark at Male, on completion of the EEZ surveillance.