INS Betwa, a P-16A
Class frigate has been made upright by the unstinted efforts put in by
the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai and the salvage firm M/s Resolve Marine,
specially contracted for the operation. It may be recalled that, the
ship which was undergoing major repairs, had keeled on to her side
during her undocking on 05 Dec 2016.
The salvage operations were progressed on a war footing and the initial
stabilisation of the ship was achieved by 29 Dec 2016. The complete
salvage operation involving complex hydrodynamic calculations and
rigging up of intricate measuring and monitoring systems was completed
in less than two months.
As the ship was undergoing major refit and mid-life up-gradation since
Apr 2016, majority of the equipment/ machinery had already been removed
for routine servicing/ replacement with upgraded equipment.
Indian Navy is confident that with in-house expertise and sustained
efforts, the ship will be made fully operational by her scheduled date
of refit completion i.e by Apr 2018.