Indian Navy fleet tanker launched in Italy

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) A fleet tanker for the Indian Navy was launched at a colourful ceremony in Muggiano in Italy, where the tanker was built, an official said here Saturday.

Another refuelling tanker is being built at the Fincantieri Shipyard of Sestri Ponente in Genoa, northern Italy.

‘For constructing the ship, modern and state-of-the-art ship construction methods and concepts were used. The ship is in double hull configuration which provides greater safety against accidental oil spillage in accordance with latest MARPOL regulations,’ Indian Navy spokesperson Commander P.V.S. Satish said.

The trials of the ship will start in April and delivery and commissioning is scheduled in India later this year. The second fleet tanker is scheduled for delivery in 2011.

The tankers are important for the Indian Navy as they increase the reach of its warships by providing them fuel in the high seas.

India’s envoy to Italy Arif S. Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. The ship, christened Deepak, was launched by Farida Khan, wife of the ambassador.

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