Visakhapatnam: Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) ship MCGS Huravee arrived in Visakhapatnam on Thursday to undergo a short refit at Naval Dockyard. The ship was escorted by INS Rana from Sri Lanka in view of the prevailing rough monsoon weather in a display of comradeship that exists between the MCGS and the INS.
A welcome ceremony was organised by the Navy upon the arrival of the ship. Commodore Sunil Kaushik, General Manager Refit at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, welcomed the crew of MCGS Huravee and assured that all defects and issues would be addressed in the best possible manner.
The ship is commanded by Major Mohamed Jamshad and has a crew of seven officers and 19 sailors. The ship repairs would commence from August 1 and will take four months to complete. During the refit, major repairs will be undertaken on the ship’s hull, main propulsion and auxiliaries followed by trials.
The crew will be trained on modern techniques for operation and maintenance of the equipment fitted onboard the ship. The refit would restore full combat capability of the ship and ensure her continuous availability for operations to the Maldives Coast Guard for next operational cycle.
MCGS Huravee was originally commissioned as INS Tillanchang, in the Indian Navy. The ship is a Trinkat class patrol vessel built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkatta, in March 2001 and was subsequently gifted to the Maldives by India in April 2006.