Indian Navy Launches State-of-the-Art Underwater Harbour Defence System

The Indian Navy has launched two state-of-the-art harbor defence systems, namely Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) and Mine Warfare Data Centre (MWDC), which would enhance the Indian Navy’s surveillance capability and response to security threats, were inaugurated by Eastern Naval Command chief vice-admiral HCS Bisht at the Naval Dockyard here on Tuesday.

The IUHDSS is a multi-sensor system capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warnings for all types of surface and underwater threats to Visakhapatnam harbor. After the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, the Indian Navy was made responsible for the security of the country’s vast coastline of 7,516 kilometers in coordination with other agencies such as Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police and Fisheries. The creation of the Sagar Prahari Bal, induction of Fast Interceptor Crafts (FICs) and commissioning of the IUHDSS are some of the Navy’s measures to strengthen security.

The MWDC will collate, analyze and classify data collected by the Navy’s Mine Hunting Ships from various ports along the East coast. This facility would be the nodal center for maintaining an underwater information database of harbors along the east coast. Both the IUHDSS and MWDC will function under the control of the naval officer-in-charge (Andhra Pradesh), Commodore Sanjiv Issar, the ENC said in a press release.

Post 26/11, the Indian Navy was made responsible for the security of the country’s vast coastline of 7516 km in coordination with other agencies like Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police, fisheries, etc. The creation of the Sagar Prahari Bal, induction of Fast Interceptor Crafts (FICs) and commissioning of the IUHDSS & MWDC are some of the Navy’s measures to strengthen security. Source

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