In yet another milestone on the road to diversification, a state-of-the-art Damage Control Simulator (DCS) “Avinash”, indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL), a Goa-based defence shipyard, was commissioned into the Indian Navy last week.

Admiral K. N. Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, commissioned at a ceremony held at Seamanship School, Naval Base , Kochi. “Avinash” is the second DCS built by GSL for the Indian Navy, a month ahead of schedule. The facility is aimed at providing Naval Officers and Sailors with a first-hand experience of potential dangers on a ship while at sea. The simulator designed like a section of an actual warship with three decks, is supported by a captive power plant of 500KW and modern control systems equipped with CCTV to monitor the entire training imparted to seamen.

The DCS is essentially a training system that simulates a realistic and stressful but controlled environment for crew training in ship damage control and repair in various damage scenarios. In real-life operational service, there is the possibility of ship damage in times of both war and peace. To contain the damage and save the vessel, the crew needs to be able to respond to the threat with efficiency, expertise, and confidence gained from training in similar situations. With the realistic damage scenarios and sense of crisis generated on board, the DCS contributes invaluably in inculcating the ability to “think on their feet” amongst the trainees besides improving their team building skills, thereby preparing them for the unforeseen hardships and emergencies that may emerge at sea, said a release of the GSL. S.Y. Srikhande, Chief of Staff Southern Naval Command, S. Ananthasyanam, Offg. CMD GSL, Cmde (Retd) P.K.S. Shrivastava, Director (CPP& BD), GSL, representatives of IHQ MOD ( Navy), senior officers from Seamanship School, Kochi, were present. The first DCS was commissioned at NBCD School, INS Shivaji Lonavla on December 18, 2001. It is considered as one of the most sophisticated facility in entire Asia and one of the few existing world-wide.

This facility will provide firsthand experience to naval officers, sailors