The flotilla of auxiliary craft at Southern Naval Command was augmented with the induction of the 930-tonne Ambuda into the naval ship repair yard. The induction ceremony was conducted by Cmde Ajay Kumar Sinha, Chief Staff Officer (Technical), Southern Naval Command at South Jetty Naval Base.
The vessel, operated by a crew of 19 and headed by the Master TN Preshi, is 50 metre-long and is fitted with two engines. The seagoing barge capable of speeds up to 12 knots is named after the previous Auxiliary which served the Indian Navy for over 40 years and was deinducted in February 2007. Ambuda has a capacity of 500 tonne fresh water and is capable of serving Navy's warships at anchorage outside the harbour and eslewhere to ensure quick operational turnaround. She has all the essential and latest communication and navigation equipment . She also carries a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). The vessel complies with the standards of Indian Register of Shipping and International Maritime Organisation for vessels of similar class.
The function hosted by Cmde Vivek Chawla, Commodore Superintendent Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi, was also attended by Cmde PKS Shrivastava, Warship Production Superintendent Mumbai. Ambuda, built by Vipul Shipyard, Surat, is the third in the series of such vessels built by the shipyard for the Indian Navy.