Image Attribute: The Crew of INS Chennai, / Source: Indian Navy Spokesperson's Twitter Handle
INS Chennai (D65), a Kolkata-class "Made-in-India" guided missile destroyer ship with state-of-the-art stealth capabilities, was commissioned into the Indian Navy's combat fleet on Monday at Mazagon Dock, Mumbai by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The first ship of the class, named ‘INS Kolkata’, was commissioned on August 16, 2014, followed by ‘INS Kochi’ which was commissioned on September 30, 2015. The third destroyer will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command and will be commanded by Captain CR Praveen Nair.
Vanquisher of the Enemy!— ALL INDIA RADIO (@AkashvaniAIR) November 21, 2016
Largest-ever 'Made-in-India' warship #INSChennai commissioned intoIndian #navy
byShri @manoharparrikar @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/fbnYKg39uc
The destroyer is 164 meters long with a displacement of over 7,500 tons, and sails at a top speed of over 30 knots (around 55 km/hour).
It is fitted with the supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface missile system and Barak-8 Long Rang Surface-to-Air missiles. These systems enable the ship to engage shore-based and naval surface targets at long range making it a lethal strike platform against enemy targets.
The ship's air defense capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, will revolve around the vertical launch, long-range surface-to-air missile system, which is being co-developed by DRDO.
Four AK-630 rapid-fire guns will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability while an MR gun will enable her to provide effective naval gunfire support. Indigenously developed twin tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship's anti-submarine capability.
#INSChennai Redletter day 4 Missile Destroyer Chennai as she gets commissioned at hands of Hon'bleRM @manoharparrikar 2day @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/64qpmonFa2— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) November 21, 2016
INS Chennai is the last of the three ships built under the code name Project 15A and integrate many new features and includes necessary design changes which ensure next generation level combat readiness compared to earlier Project 15 ships.
Image Attribute: INS Chennai firing Anti-submarine rockets during trials / Source: Indian Navy Spokesperson's Twitter Handle
The undersea warfare capability includes indigenously developed anti-submarine weapons and sensors, torpedo decoy system 'Mareech', prominently the hull-mounted sonar HUMSA-NG, heavyweight torpedo tube launchers, rocket launchers and towed array sonar capability.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lamba, was also present on the occasion. "The ship is equipped with a Kavach chaff decoy system that can divert a missile attack. Nearly 60% of the ship was built at Mazagon Dock, while weapons and sensors were brought from Israel and Russia. Destroyers are second only to aircraft carriers in projecting raw combat power," said an official.
The ship is also equipped with sophisticated digital networks on board which includes ATM-based integrated ship data network, combat management systems, automatic power management system and auxiliary control system.
Image Attribute: The ship's crest depicts the outline of the iconic Fort St George of Chennai in the background, a part of the adjacent beach and a sloop on blue and white waves. The motto of the Crew is 'Shatro Sanharaka' meaning 'Vanquisher of The Enemy' in Sanskrit / Source: Indian Navy Spokesperson's Twitter Handle
With reporting by Press Trust of India, The Hindu, Indian Express, and other Open Source Social Media accounts.