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The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Jamuna has been deployed in the shores of Sri Lanka to carry out a joint Hydrographic survey.
- Indian Navy’s Sandhayak-class ship INS Jamuna, which has arrived in Sri Lanka, will carry out detailed hydrographic surveys and several shore-based survey activities over the two-month deployment period.
- The ship has been deployed to Sri Lanka based on a mutual agreement to carry out a joint hydrographic survey off the south-west coast of Sri Lanka.
- Apart from surveying, the Sri Lankan Naval Officers will be provided survey training.
- INS Jamuna (J16) is a hydrographic survey ship in the Indian Navy, under the Southern Naval Command.
- Built by Goa Shipyard Limited and commissioned into the Naval service at Kochi in 1991, Jamuna is the Indian Navy’s third hydrographic survey ship of the Sandhayak-class survey ships to have been indigenously designed and constructed.
- A Hydrographic survey is a method through which hydrographic data that affect maritime navigation, marine construction, dredging, offshore oil exploration/offshore oil drilling is collected.
- The standards and specifications to conduct the survey is released by International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). It was established in 1921.
- The main aim of IHO is to make sure world seas are surveyed and charted properly. Till October 2019, IHO consists of 93 members. India is also a member.
Indian Naval Hydrographic Department:
- The office of the department is located in Dehradun. Currently 8 Indian Naval Ships are deployed in the hydrographic surveys.
- It includes INS Nirupak, INS Jamuna, INS Investigator, INS Sutlej, INS Sandhayak, INS Darshak, INS Sarvekshak.
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