Indian Navy Commissions Naval Hospital Ship INHS Sandhani At Karanja Naval Station In MaharashtraVice Admiral Girish Luthra at the commissioning ceremony (@indiannavy/Twitter)

A naval hospital ship, the INHS Sandhani, has been commissioned at Naval station Karanja in the Raigad district of Maharashtra by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Girish Luthra.

The hospital has humble origins as a small primary health care unit established in 1955. As Naval station Karanja has rapidly expanded over the last couple of decades, there was a need to develop the station’s healthcare services, and thus the upgrade was sanctioned by the Ministry of Defence in September 2016.

The hospital has been expanded from a 16-bed facility to a 30-bed hospital and will be able to provide treatment in the fields of General Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology, Anaesthesia, Paediatrics and dental services to naval personnel at the station.

This hospital is the tenth one commissioned by the Indian Navy as per a Press Trust of India report. The Navy had earlier commissioned its ninth hospital 'INHS Navjivani' at the Indian Naval Academy in Kerala’s Ezhimala.

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