The Indian Navy commissioned an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette named INS Kavaratti(P31) at a ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on October 22.
The stealth corvette built under Project 28 (Kamorta Class) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane. This marks the formal commissioning into the Navy of the last of the four ASW Corvettes, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by GRSE.
General Naravane who was presented with a guard of honour on arrival at the Naval Jetty later unveiled the Commissioning Plaque and dedicated the ship to the nation.
Named after the capital of the Lakshadweep group of islands, INS Kavaratti has been constructed using high-grade DMR 249A steel produced in India. The ship spans 109 meters in length, 14 meters in breadth with a displacement of 3300 tonnes. The complete superstructure of the ship has been built using composite material and is propelled by four Diesel engines.
The ship has enhanced stealth features resulting in reduced Radar Cross Section (RCS) achieved by X form of superstructure along with optimally sloped surfaces. The ship’s advanced stealth features make her less susceptible to detection by the enemy.
The unique feature of this ship is the high level of indigenisation incorporated in the production, accentuating the National Objective of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. The ship is equipped with systems to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
Some of the major equipment/ systems developed indigenously include Combat Management System, Torpedo Tube Launchers and Infra-Red Signature Suppression System etc. INS Kavaratti has a multitude of advanced automation systems such as Total Atmospheric Control System (TACS), Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS), Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Battle Damage Control System (BDCS) and Personnel Locator System (PLS) to provide a contemporary and process-oriented System of Systems for optimal functioning of the warship. Having completed sea trials of all her equipment, Kavaratti has been commissioned as a fully combat-ready platform providing a boost to the ASW capability of the Indian Navy.
The ship is the reincarnation of the erstwhile Arnala Class missile corvette of the same name (INS Kavaratti – P 80). Kavaratti in her previous avatar has had a distinguished service and her legacy outlives her service life of almost two decades. Her illustrious past includes participation in the 1971 war for the liberation of Bangladesh and many other operational deployments.
The ship is manned by a team comprising twelve officers and 134 sailors with Commander Sandeep Singh at the helm as her first Commanding Officer. The ship would be an integral part of the Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command.
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