Pamba, a 930 ton water barge, was inducted to the flotilla of auxiliary craft by Cmde S Nedunchezian, Chief Staff Officer (Technical), Southern Naval Command at South Jetty, Naval Base. The 50 metre-long vessel, when fully loaded, can carry 500 ton of water and is manned by a crew of 17 headed by the Master IC Josey.
The self-propelled barge is fitted with two engines, with a combined propulsive power of 1800 BHP and is capable of speeds up to 12 Knots. Pamba is named after the previous Auxiliary which served the Indian Navy for nearly 40 years and was deinducted in April 2007. The barge with sea-going capabilities is capable of serving Navy's warships at anchorage outside the harbour and elsewhere to ensure quick operational turn-around. She has an accommodation for 20 crew including galley (kitchen) facility, fixed fire fighting arrangements for machinery compartments and tank gauging systems. The vessel complies with the standards of Indian Register of Shipping and International Maritime Organisation for vessels of similar class.
Cmde Nedunchezian, in his address to the gathering, said that more inductions are on the anvil to augment the fleet auxiliary strength including ferry craft and powerful tugs. Mr Dinesh Joshi of ABG Shipyard said that the last and fifth barge will be delivered to the Navy by May this year. The function hosted by Cmde Vivek Chawla, Commodore Superintendent Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi, was also attended by senior Naval officers and the employees of Naval Ship Repair Yard.