INS Visakhapatnam, navy’s stealth guided-missile destroyer joins Indian Navy

Vishakhapatnam: The Indian Navy on Sunday commissioned the INS Visakhapatnam, which is the first ship of Project 15B, at the naval dockyard in Mumbai in the presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh as the chief guest at the ceremony.

The commissioning ceremony is scheduled to take place on November 21 at the Naval Dockyard of Mumbai.

Also, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh will be the Chief Guest at the commissioning ceremony of the fourth submarine of the Kalvari Class – Submarine Vela on November 28.

The development comes at a time when 39 submarines and surface ships are under construction at various Indian shipyards, besides the two frigates being built for the Indian Navy in Russia.

“Commissioning of ‘Visakhapatnam’ and ‘Vela’ are major milestones showcasing the indigenous capacity to build complex combat platforms. This will enhance our capacity and firepower to address the threats both in the above-water and underwater domains,” Vice Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade, the Vice Chief of Naval Staff, said while briefing reporters in the national capital.

He added that the maritime environment is a complex one and only increases with more players involved.

INS Visakhapatnam has been constructed using indigenous steel DMR 249A and is amongst the largest destroyers constructed in India with an overall length of 163m and displacement of over 7,400 tons. The ship has a significant indigenous content of approximately 75 per cent contributing towards AtmaNirbhar Bharat.

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