<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->INS Darshak
is a hydrographic survey ship
in the Indian Navy
, under the Eastern Naval Command
Built by Goa Shipyard Limited
into the Naval service at Visakhapatnam
under the command of Capt SS Karnik in 2001, Darshak is the Indian Navy's eighth hydrographic survey
ship to have been indigenous
designed and constructed. Incidentally, the first indigenously built survey ship of the Navy, inducted in 1964 and decommission
in 1990, was also named INS Darshak.
The new Darshak is equipped with a range of surveying
systems. The next-generation surveying systems provided onboard include the multibeam swath echo
sounding system, differential global positioning system, motion sensors
, sea gravimeter
oceanographic sensors, side scan sonars
and an automated data logging system. These are designed to meet the stringent international/ISO 9002
digital survey accuracy standards required for the production of electronic navigation charts and publications.
The Darshak 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.
INS Darshak was used to investigate historically significant shipwrecks
off the coast of Tamil Nadu
. This included exploring the......