Marine Acoustic Research Ship, INS Sagardhwani,
has set sail for a scientific venture called Sagar Maitri (Marine & Allied
Interdisciplinary Training and Research Initiative) Mission- 2
The ship’s mission has been conceptualised by
Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). It is in consonance with
the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Safety and Growth of All in the Region’ (SAGAR)
SAGAR seeks to promote closer cooperation in
socio-economic aspects, as well as greater scientific interaction, especially
in ocean research in underwater acoustics, among Indian Ocean Region (IOR)
The prime objectives of the SAGAR MAITRI
mission-2 are a) data collection from the entire North Indian Ocean, focusing
on the Andaman Sea and adjoining seas and b) establishing long term
collaboration with eight IOR countries in the field of ‘Ocean Research and
The first Sagar Maitri mission was held in April
2019 when INS Sagardhwani visited Myanmar.
INS Sagardhwani is an indigenously built ship
commissioned in 1994.
It is owned by Naval Physical &
Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) – a R&D establishment of the DRDO.