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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

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The Ministry of Defence, Government of India, intends to procure One National Hospital Ship (NHS) for the Indian Navy (IN) from registered Indian Shipyards and has issued a Request for Information (RFI). National Hospital Ship (NHS) would be capable to provide Primary and Secondary Care to the patients on board the ship and the first vessel should be delivered by a maximum of 48 months from the date of the contract.

National Hospital Ship (NHS) will comply with the Geneva Convention and accordingly painted white with the Red Cross displayed prominently on the ship side and top. NHS will be required to accommodate onboard the ship maximum of 600 people which includes 250 patients and a hospital staff of 117.

NHS will have 15 officers and 120 sailors as part of its crew and 22 officers, 14 MNS, and 81 sailors as part of its medical crew. NHS will have a displacement of less than 15000T and should have a service life of minimum of 20 years.

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