The Indian Navy has launched an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to perform ocean surveillance and surface warfare operations.

The Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL)-built OPV will be deployed to protect offshore oil installations and other important national assets and to monitor sea lines of communication, a GSL spokesman said.

In addition, the 105m-long vessel will escort high-value ships and participate in fleet support operations.

The vessel has a flight deck that supports embarkation and operation of an advanced light helicopter.

The patrol vessel will further strengthen the Indian Navy by providing enhanced security to the country and by helping to prevent incursion and terrorism activities in Indian waters.