Rajnath Singh commissions missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam in Mumbai
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned INS Visakhapatnam, the first of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers, into the Indian Navy Mumbai Dockyard on Sunday.
Mumbai: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned INS Visakhapatnam, the first of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers, into the Indian Navy Mumbai Dockyard on Sunday.
Addressing defence personnel after the INS 'Visakhapatnam'. Rajnath Singh said, " Indian Navy, in the field of indigenous ships and submarines manufacturing, has been on the front foot, with initiatives like 'Make in India'. We have to maintain the speed with which we're getting success. The govt is ready to help in whichever way possible".
"Our Navy's role is very important as India's a part of the Indo-Pacific route. PM Narendra Modi's policy of SAGAR embodies the same values. We have every opportunity to build India an indigenous ship-building hub".
"Some irresponsible nations violate the ethics of UNCLOS, 1982 for narrow partisan interests. India, a responsible maritime stakeholder, believes in navigation's freedom, free trade and an Indo-Pacific route with universal values", said the defence minister.
Features of INS Visakhapatnam:
It 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 7400 tons. The ship has a significant indigenous content of approx. 75 per cent contributing towards AtmaNirbhar Bharat. The ship is a potent platform capable of undertaking multifarious tasks and missions spanning the full spectrum of maritime warfare.
Visakhapatnam is equipped with an array of weapons and sensors, which include supersonic surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, medium and short-range guns, anti-submarine rockets and advanced electronic warfare and communication suits. The ship is propelled by a powerful combined gas and gas propulsion which enables her speed of over 30 knots.
The ship has the capability of embarking two integrated helicopters to further extend its reach. The ship boasts of a very high level of automation with sophisticated digital networks, a Combat Management System and an Integrated Platform Management System.