A formal Deck reception was organized onboard the INS Sarvekshak on Friday 26 January 2018 during which the Commanding Officer of the ship Captain Peush Pawsey presented a copy of the ceremonial chart to the Honourable Purmanund Jhugroo, Minister of Housing and Lands in the presence of Indian High Commissioner of India His Excellency Shri Abhay Thakur. Incidentally India also celebrated the 69th Republic Day on the same day.
INS Sarvekshak (J22) is a hydrographic survey ship in the Indian Navy, under the Southern Naval Command. Apart from a helicopter and Bofors 40 mm gun, the ship is also equipped with four survey motor boats and two small boats. The ship was awarded the runner up trophy in the 2015 Innovation Trophy awards given out on Navy Day as an operational unit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The award was given for developing an innovative solution for tidal measurement during Hydrological Surveys by use of land based terrain mapping equipment and floating buoys mounted with prisms. This award was accepted by Captain Rajesh Bargoti, the Commanding Officer of INS Sarvekshak.
Built by Goa Shipyard Limited and commissioned into the Naval service at Kochi naval base in 2002, Sarvekshak is the Indian Navy’s eight hydrographic survey and perhaps the last ship under Sandhayak-class to have been indigenously designed and constructed.
INS Sarvekshak is equipped with a range of surveying, navigational, and communication systems. The next-generation surveying systems provided onboard include multi-beam swath echo sounding system, differential global positioning system, motion sensors, sea gravimeter, magnetometer, oceanographic sensors, side scan sonars and an automated data logging system as well as state-of-the-art Digital Survey and Processing System, sound velocity profiling system among others. These systems allow the ship to meet the stringent international/ISO 9002 digital survey accuracy standards required for the production of electronic navigation charts and publications as laid down by the International Hydrographic Organisation.
The Sarvekshak is powered by two diesel engines and is capable of sustained speeds. The ship’s multi-role capability places her in the league of the most versatile survey vessels in the world. It can undertake a variety of tasks under trying conditions.