Successful Completion of 200 Missions by INS Sagardhwani and NPOL

Successful Completion of 200 Missions by INS Sagardhwani and NPOL

A function was organized at Sagarika Auditorium at Naval Base, Kochi on 07 August 2017 to commemorate the successful completion of 200 missions by Naval Physical Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) and INS Sagardhwani. Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command was the chief guest for the event.  To mark this landmark achievement, a souvenir and monograph were released by the Chief Guest. The Chief of Staff also presented mementos to the ship and Ocean Sciences Group of Naval Physical Oceanographic Laboratory to acknowledge their distinguished service over the years. The function was also attended by Rear Admiral S N Alamanda, VSM, Admiral Superintendent of Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi and Shri S Kedarnath Shenoy, Outstanding Scientist, Director NPOL along with other distinguished guests. The Chief Guest praised the joint efforts of INS Sagardhwani and NPOL towards indigenisation of underwater sensors for the Indian Navy. Director NPOL also addressed the gathering and reaffirmed the resolve of NPOL to continue working towards providing Indian Navy cutting edge technology.

NPOL is a premier R&D establishment of DRDO and was established in 1952 as a naval testing laboratory Indian Physical Laboratory (INPL) at Naval Base, Kochi. After becoming a part of DRDO, it shifted to its current campus at Thrikkakara in 1992. It also has a test and evaluation facility at Kulamvu, Idukki. From being a field unit of Indian Navy the laboratory has grown into a System Laboratory of DRDO engaged in development of SONAR (Sound Navigation and Ranging) and allied technologies.

INS Sagardhwani was constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata and commissioned on 30 July 1994. The ship is the third ‘campus’ of NPOL and is a floating laboratory. NPOL and Sagardhwani have successfully completed 200 scientific research missions over the past 23 years, which have helped ocean scientists in developing indigenous and ‘state-of-the-art’ underwater sensors for IN ships and submarines, thereby enabling the nation to achieve self-reliance in this field.