The Indian Navy is all ready to commission Visakhapatnam into its arsenal on Sunday, November 21. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is going to be the chief guest at the commissioning ceremony of INS Visakhapatnam, the first ship of Project 15B. INS Visakhapatnam is the lead ship of the Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Will be in Mumbai tomorrow, 21st November. Looking forward to attend the commissioning ceremony of INS Visakhapatnam. The event marks the formal induction of the first of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers, into the Indian Navy.”
“We are ready for INS Visakhapatnam”s commissioning. Our indigenous content is the highest today. After commissioning, we will continue with a few more trials and will be one with the fleet,” said Captain Birendra Singh Bains, Commanding Officer (designate) of INS Visakhapatnam.
“Visakhapatnam class ships, built with indigenous steel, are follow-on of the Kolkata class destroyers commissioned in the last decade. Designed by Directorate of Naval Design and built by M/s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd, Mumbai. The four ships are named after major cities of the country – Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal and Surat,” read the official statement.
INS Visakhapatnam measures 163 metres in length, 17 metres in width, and has a displacement of 7400 tonnes.
Visakhapatnam ship can accommodate a crew of 312, has an endurance of 4,000 nautical miles and can carry out a typical 42 days mission with extended mission time in out of area operation.
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