CBRNE & EOD Defence

Indian Navy commissions facility to train against NBC contamination

26 March 2019

The Indian Navy (IN) inaugurated its first facility designed to train personnel in detecting, monitoring, and cleansing nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) contamination on its platforms on 25 March.

Built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), the NBC facility is called Abhedya (‘Impenetrable’) and is located at INS Shivaji: the IN’s land-based station at Lonavala, about 82 km southeast of Mumbai.

According to the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB), the “steel structure of the simulator represents the relevant NBC compartments of the ship like its upper deck, [armoured] citadels, cleansing stations, and damage control headquarters”.

Its upper deck is equipped with “live agents” along with detection and monitoring equipment such as the Ship Installed Chemical Agent Detection System (SICADS), the PIB said in a statement issued the same day.

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